Simple Linux Backups with Rsync command

Introduction

Having a comprehensive data protection policy in place is now a fundamental practice to help ensure your data manages to weather all the storms that can be thrown at it. Saying that it should be done is the easy part, actually doing it gets more complex, and laborious, depending on the policy in place and what standards and laws the organization needs to adhere to. Fortunately, for Linux users there a tool exists that makes backing up data a breeze, and it can all be done from the command line.

Rsync to the Rescue

Any news related to Linux often is an opinion piece as to how great the OS is or what distro hoppers are saying in the best new Linux distribution. Fortunately, there is a treasure chest of how-to guides but finding the right one can be difficult. To keep this guide to the point it will focus only on how to create a backup using rsync. There exist multiple ways to backup systems, including third-party products with easy to use interfaces, but rsync is readily available to any Linux user who enjoys tapping into the command line.

Rsync’s Simplest Use Case

Utilizing rsync’s most basic features allows the user to backup, modify, and delete files via the use of a remote server. The question remains, but how? Using Rsync’s basic syntax that’s how.

Conclusion

This was just a basic overview of Linux Backups with Rsync and how it is a great tool for doing backups on a Linux system. By default the tool uses a remote shell, similar to SSH, to transport the files from one location to another, this can be changed but will be covered in a separate article covering rsync in greater detail.

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