Remote Backup From Mac OSX to Windows

Posted on 2009-04-28
Last Modified: 2013-11-24
We use PsyncX to take backups, but we want to have the backup placed on a backup server instead of an external hard drive.

I have shared a folder on the windows backup machine and can create folders and copy files to the share from the mac finder after an userlogin.

The shared folder is placed on the Mac OSX desktop and called "GRAFISK BACKUP" as you see on the screen dump.

So every thing seems to be fine, but when im trying to run the backup, i get the error messange "Backup drive wasn't connected". Do anyone have an idea to fix this?
Question by:Logifire
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    The highlighted path in the screen dump does not match "Grafisk Backup". Is this the correct path? Does the Terminal program launch when you attempt to run this backup? If so, can you make a screen shot of that as well?

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    Heres the screen shots from the terminal and the folder i have selected, which the path is generated from.


    Picture 4 is right after a restart. it seems that the server has lost the connection to the shared folder.

    Can i get the server to remember the folder like a local volume, so i have the share after a restart?
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    obivously this utility uses volumes which are already mounted, but if for any reason, there was a network disruption overnight, your volume won't be present at backup time, therefore you should make sure the remote volume is mounted before running psync, or use a volume syntax which includes credentials to mount it (if supported by psync which I don't use), worth to try anyway, for instance:
    otherwise, if it does not work, plan to mount it 1mn before backup time. if you don't how to use cron under unix to plan volume mounting you can use cronnix (cron with a UI) to plan any command, and I can give you commands bash shell script or applescript (need my mac, I don't have it here, so I give this later if needed).
    And if you can spend some money, there is a an unbeatable utility for backups on mac, Tri-edre backup which does it all, volume mounting, file selection, volume sync, incremental backup, files type filter, etc... the backup/sync rolls for macs
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    As mentioned by lesouef, you need to make sure the network volume is mounted.

    There are menu GUI based app's that can do it for you, where I have good experience with CronoSync:

    A search for 'backup' on sites like MacUpdate or VersionTracker gives you a bunch of options, some free, some costs a few $$.

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    Here is a free (donate-ware) program to simplify auto-mounting shares.
    No cron or shell scripts needed!
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    This will mount the volume always, it is better to mount it only when required, I personnally hate the idea of having a backup volume mounted the whole day, a human error could erase it... (I am a former admin!)

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    Hi, as you can se on picture 4, there was a Non-Alphabetic (english) letter in the "backup from" folder.

    "/Volumes/Data_RAID/MacServer/Opgaver/Igangværende" the backup program couldn't identify the folder and gave the error, so we just change the name at it worked.

    Thank you all for your advice


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