Off-site Backup to a NAS Device Using BackupAssist (Synology Example)

BackupAssist Synology WebDAV setup

In case you missed the announcement, BackupAssist recently added WebDAV to the suite of backup job types the software is able to support. Intended for those who wish to back up their data to an off-site destination, the protocol enables admins to create encrypted, incremental backups to either a third party hosting company, another Windows server or a NAS device.

The latter is a popular choice, particularly for the smaller business. They’re a good option because once the hardware’s paid for, there’s no monthly recurring charge as you’d tend to expect from a cloud storage provider. Also, the portability of the small units means they can be ‘seeded’ to locally and then moved. In most cases, you have physical access too, which means you’re not relying on an Internet connection for your data in disaster recovery scenarios

In this post, I focus on the steps for configuring one of the more common NAS devices I come into contact with, the Synology. The requirements will be the same for other brands, however, the exact steps and screenshots will of course differ. Continue reading

Backing up to a Windows server off-site? New cwRsync version available…

Those of you familiar with using BackupAssist’s Rsync plug-in to send data to an off-site location, may well have toyed with the idea of building your own Windows server as the destination, as we do here.

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Currently you need two components to achieve this, there’s “cwRsync” which enables the server to talk to BackupAssist and there’s the optional “CopSSH” which  allows you to do so securely over SSH. The developer (Cortex Labs) currently package these for you so that one installation follows the next as part of the same installation wizard.

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