For a while now I have wanted to migrate my NAS away from a Win8 box with a couple of raid1 drives to a proper setup with FreeNAS.
I have done a lot of reading over the past couple of months in anticipation of this, but have some questions remaining and need guidance.
I want proper backups with the new system. I happen to have some old desktops lying around still, so I had an idea.
I am lucky to be close with my family, and also live close-ish. I am a couple hours away from my aunt, and a couple hours away from my parents. Both have fiber. This presents a unique opportunity in that I would like to set up a couple more FreeNAS boxes, in addition to converting my current box, and leave them at their houses as offsite backups. I would also like to begin doing regular backups of their computers, and duplicating all this data between the three locations.
So, to break it down. I would like to know if the following is possible, and some pointers to where I can do more research and learn how to accomplish it before I dive in.
- Place FreeNAS box at parents’ and duplicate my data there
- Backup their computers to #1, duplicate that data back to my box
- Place box at aunt’s and duplicate my data there
- Backup her computer to #3, duplicate that data to my box
My box has the bulk of the data. 3TB at the moment and will continue to grow. My aunt and parents don’t have much, just pictures, videos and music, but I would hate for any of them to lose it.
My data changes/grows weekly. So at least weekly backups to the offsite locations for me. For them? Monthly would be good enough. Probably even bi-monthly would cover them to be honest.
Lastly, I will be configuring my local box for both redundancy and speed…cost is less a concern. For the offsite boxes, I am planning on just a couple of large drives mirrored. Should that get full…I’ll simply throw in another couple of drives mirrored and spin up another vdev to add to that pool. This will be acceptable…right?
I know this is a long post, but I just like to be thorough.
Thank you in advance to anyone who takes the time to read this post and double thanks to any answers and advice.
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