I want to encourage everybody to post their strategy regarding backups along with their past experiences, useful information and software regarding this topic
That way we can discuss the up-and downsides of our specific setups, share our knowledge and learn from each other.
I Obviousely gotta start with my setup/strategy:
My backup location is a separate Harddrive in my Linux server who’s folders are shared with SAMBA using seperate users/owners to lock down write access.
The three windows laptops (brother win10, mother win7, and my win10 dualboot) will probably be backed up using windows built in software. (although I haven't tried that yet)
My laptops data partition is backed up using FreeFileSync with versioning enabled.
My laptop also runs Ubuntu Gnome which I used to back up using Timeshift rsync. But this needs physical access to the backup location so I’m still searching for a way to back up the linux system to a remote location.
I may also experiment with my Fathers MacBook. Don’t know if I really wanna deal with the Apple-headache.
The server: I am still searching for a way to frequently easily and automatically back-up the OS, Packages, Settings...
the backups don’t really have to be backed up again and any other data will somehow be backed up to an external harddrive from time to time.
If I needed it to be bulletproof I would mirror the server every month or so and store the immage at my moms work.
FreeFilesync because it’s cross platform and can be nicely automated. It can be used to synchronize or update all kinds of things and has astonishing amounts of functionality and customization under the hood.
Timeshift rsync is a cool and simple linux tool to take system snapshots (by default, it doesn’t back up the home folder). It has a simple gui and a command line interface. (which I didnt get to work yet)
I would obviously also appreciate help in filling the unsolved gaps in my plan along with all general feedback although helping me should not be the focus of this thread
The background story of my reason to start this threat (read it if you want)
I‘ m currently rebuilding my Linux server (samba, owncloud and hopefully soon plex or kodi)
fileserver/owncloud server and hopefully soon media-server. (1st time working without a gui :)) At the same time I’m finally gonna put a real backup strategy for all my families into place. I’m really struggling to come up with a good plan and in finding good, understandable resources and information.
For windows there’s heaps of contradictory information floating around along with everybody who wants to sell you their software. And the few good guides for Linux I could find are all very broad and technical.
But since I highly appreciate the information sharing and having an educated discussion nature of this Forum (rather than help me/ I’m to lazy to do the research myself) I thought rather than asking for advice on my specific setup and problems I would encourage you to post your backup mechanisms along with useful information and software.
Basically I hope this becomes a place where we can share our knowledge and experience and discuss our specific systems.
(no idea if this is the right category