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There are 2 SUSE SLES11 servers in this setup. Both servers are located behinds firewall, and communicate through Internet. I intend to use rsync to frequently download the latest files from serverA to serverB. How should I setup the whole project? I heard that I can use SSH on top of rsync, is that right, and how it work?
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by:ckiral
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Hi,

By default rsync will use ssh fot transport method. So if you have ssh connectivity between servers you can eaily acoomplish your transfer...

The syntax is straightforward:
to copy files from server a to b type
rsync filename username@serverB:/destination/directory

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For detailed how-to try man rsync
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by:Balack
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What ports have to be opened in sender's and recipeint's firewalls?
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by:ckiral
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Allowing tcp port 22 from source to destination (from A to B in my example) will be enough.
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by:ckiral
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By the way to download file from server B you have to use command as follows:


rsync username@serverB:/directory/filename  /directory/

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My first version was uploding to server B ....
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by:Balack
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I intends to schedule to run the rsync in cron job, and password prompt is not allowed. I heard that SSH is needed to setup with public and private keys. Is that true? If so, what are those steps?
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ckiral earned 1500 total points
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Hi Ballack,
I think following  tutorial will be usefull in that context:
http://troy.jdmz.net/rsync/index.html

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by:maxalarie
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use options..  rsync -alvzn   $localDir  host:$remoteDir

z = compress (speeds transfer between hosts)
n = Dry run, it will test the command only. rerun the same command without -n to execute it.
l = follow  symlinks
-a : Archive Mode

So you would use this command: rsync -alvzn rsync filename username@serverB:/destination/directory
Then, if everything passes,  run the same command without n:
rsync -alvz rsync filename username@serverB:/destination/directory
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by:maxalarie
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Sorry about the double post..    you use only 1 rsync (copy paste ftl)


rsync -alvzn filename username@serverB:/destination/directory #Test
rsync -alvz filename username@serverB:/destination/directory #actual command

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by:Balack
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I tested files/folders can be copied successfully. The main issue now is password prompting. How can I run without password prompting? As I intend to run it as a cron job.
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by:ckiral
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Hi Ballack,
You can find detailed instructions on the link i provided...
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by:Balack
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It works like a charm
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