Ubuntu backup server for windows 7 and mac osx

Posted on 2012-09-12
Last Modified: 2012-09-20
I have a server running a version of Ubuntu (i'm not sure which one).  I need to backup 3 windows 7 machines and 3 mac machines on a regular basis.  What do I need to do?
Question by:dhuff2012
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    You could install samba on ubuntu, and then backup your PC's / MAC's using CloneZilla which is included on the PartedMagic LiveCD and backing up to the network:

    You could also use other backup tools, like those paragon has:
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    When you say backup, what do you mean? 1) cloned imaged of the systems and/or 2) the actual user's data (word, excell, email, etc.)? What do you want to backup?

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    We want to backup the user profiles including documents folder.
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    The tools will backup what you want. You could also try the windows builtin backup tool. And then there's cobian backup which also works well.

    For the MAC's I believe there is the timemachine you can use for backing up.
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    I do this for all my clients; Win7, XP, There are two ways I do this
    Option 1
    When users logoff (using GPO) and a logoff script I copy their data to the server (not sure if this will work with Ubuntu/linux)
    Option 2
    At a set time I run a scheduled task from the server and it copying user data from the PCs to the server.
    I use robocopy for both--it is easy to use and runs from a command prompt. I don't know what linux tools are similar to robocopy but we can easily adjust the script to run from the PCs to the server as long as the PCs have access to the filesystem (read/write), like for instance a share or user directory. Let me know if that will work for you and I can get a script together for you.

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