Remote backups using rsync

rsync is a software application for Unix systems which synchronizes files and directories from one location to another while minimizing data transfer using delta encoding when appropriate. An important feature of rsync not found in most similar programs/protocols is that the mirroring takes place with only one transmission in each direction. rsync can copy or display directory contents and copy files, optionally using compression and recursion.

We’re going to configure a machine to sync files from a specific folder to a remote machine every day using rsync in four easy steps. This is ideal solution to do automated backups for servers and workstations. Continue reading