Schedule Rsync Backup From Windows to Linux Server

Windows, WHY ARE YOU ALWAYS SO DIFFICULT! Gosh. Damn you are. This time. i wanted to do schedule a backup from my windows server 2012r2 to my linux backup drive. Its as simple as that (while i though it was at least). Google doesn't help with so many rubbish online. Hence, here is a guide that will help us out (me included)

Environment

Enterprise server (Windows 2012 R2)

This is a windows environment server 2012 R2 where our data is

Backup server (Debian Linux)

This is my backup server where i would like to rsync over.

 

Installation

On Windows server 2012 r2

  • Download cwRsync
  • Unzup cwRsync and copy to "C:\cwRsync".
  • Add "C:\cwRsync\bin" to PATH.
  • Create the directory "C:\cwRsync\home" and "C:\cwRsync\home\USER" (USER should be the name of the user who will run the Rsync in my case its "admin").
  • Create public/private keys with the following command:
  • ssh-keygen -t rsa
    • Paths with "/home/USER/" correspond to the directories that we created in "C:\cwRsync\".
    • Leave the password blank.

On Linux

  • Install openssh-server and rsync.
  • Provide data to a partition (eg.: /backup/).
  • Place the public key in /home/USER/.ssh/ and rename the file to authorized_keys. (assuming its root)

On Windows

  • Test the connection without a password with the following command:
ssh [email protected]
  • Test Rsync:
rsync -v -rlt -z --delete "/myfiles/" "[email protected]:/backups/"
  • where cygdrive is the directory on C:\cygdrive so the above  C:\cygdrive\myfiles
  • To Test Other port
rsync  -e "ssh -p 14000" -arv "--exclude=.svn/" /myfiles [email protected]:/backups/
  • Create a bat file with the rsync command and place it in C:\cwRsync\bin.
  • Schedule execution every day at 0:30 (half past midnight).

Helpful Resources

  • http://stackoverflow.com/questions/34147565/rsync-uid-gid-impossible-to-set-cases-cause-future-hard-link-failure-how-to
  • http://www.smellems.com/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=14
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PID:4 using Port 80 In Windows Server 2012 R2

i will cut the chase, if you are suspecting something is using Port 80 and is trying to find out what is it, here are some suggestion. Try stopping the following services

  • IIS
  • World Wide Web Publishing service
  • IIS Admin Service
  • SQL Server Reporting services
  • Web Deployment Agent Service

And if the  NT Kernel was still listening on port 80, you just hit the jackpot with me. Its BranchCode. Try removing it under "Remove Roles" in "Server Management" as show below,

Once you remove that, restart your server and port 80 should be all yours. Verify using the following command,


netstat -nao | find ":80"

and it should show you this.

Good LUCK!

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