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We have a number of Windows XP / Windows 7 machines which need to be backed up nightly to a Linux file server.

We would like to do it with rsync and rsnapshot as that's what we're familiar with already from the rest of our Linux/FreeBSD machines.

We tried DeltaCopy, but DeltaCopy proved to be troublesome- lots of problems getting it to log in via SSH automatically, and the Windows Scheduled Tasks seem to fail often.

Is there a reliable way/application which can back up Windows machines via rsync to a r

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Have you tried cwrsync? – Zoredache Jan 6 '11 at 23:13

You might try cygwin. It will work natively with both rsync and ssh, and even has a cron daemon that you could use instead of scheduled tasks.

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You might want to look into Unison File Synchronizer. I've had very good luck with it.

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If you decide to use Union File Synchronizer beware of the fact there is no authentication on its daemon, allowing anybody accessing that port to read/modify/delete files on the machine, restricted only by the service account user rights. – Shadok Jan 20 '11 at 16:40
Shadok this is not a forum, if you have a comment use a comment, if you have an answer create and answer but please don't mix the two up. – Chopper3 Jan 20 '11 at 16:41
To follow up - according to the Unison manual (, you can implement SSH authentication to ensure secure transfer of data. – Larry G. Wapnitsky Jan 21 '11 at 15:20

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