Backup to another Windows PC in same lan (like CrashPlan)?


#1

Hi,

I used CrashPlan to backup data from one Windows computer to another of my Windows PC.

It worked even if computers weren’t in same LAN (from internet).

I’d like to retreive a backup software which could do the same thing, or at least : backup to another PC in my LAN.

I know i can use a SMB network share as destination with a lot of backup software, Duplicati included, but are there others solutions ? With or without Duplicati ?

I heard about “webdav”; i don’t know if it could have any advantage over SMB ?

Thanks


#2

You could go with various server solutions like webdav, smb, ftp, or ssh ftp.

Duplicati doesn’t itself provide any solution since it only acts as a client currently. You’ll have to depend on a 3rd party tool for this.

Sadly it’s a bit more complicated than Crashplans old solution, which I also really liked, but on the bright side it gives control and lots of options :slight_smile:


#3

To clarify, the answer to this particular part is Yes, you should be able to have Duplicati push backups to a remote folder on your LAN assuming permissions are set correctly (write access, etc). I’m assuming it would work similarly to having duplicati back up to a local folder.


#4

I have done backups from one LAN machine to another using a mapped drive letter and a UNC path for the destination (as well as SFTP), so I know it can be done.

However, when trying to use a mapped drive letter you need to be careful about under what account Duplicati is running. For example, if you log in as yourself and map the Z: drive but are running Duplicati as a service or another user that does NOT have a the Z: drive mapped (or worse, has it mapped differently than you) then you’ll run into “issues”.

For me the UNC path side of things worked a lot more easily, however the GUI doesn’t support browsing to a UNC destination so what I tend to do is get to where I want to go using Windows Explorer then copy the UNC path from the bar there and in paste it into Duplicati after clicking on the “Manually type path” link.


#5

Thanks for all your reply.

So it can’t be as simple as with CrashPlan. I will try with the UNC patch, thanks for the tip.

I’m also testing others solutions; actually : UrBackup (server/client), GoodSync (direct p2p with account), Syncthings, etc. Some are more focused on synchronisation but even if there isn’t history file versionning it could be used as a complement with Duplicati (or another backup software).

Bye


#6

Absolutely! I haven’t finished setting up “the other side” yet but my plan is eventually to use Duplicati to back up my machines to my on-site server then use Syncthing to off-site that a machine in another city.

I also looked at UrBackup (well, installed it and that’s about it) when I was searching for a CrashPlan replacement but ended up going with Duplicati. I’d be interested in hearing how your experience with it goes as we don’t yet have a #comparison page for UrBackup vs Duplcati. :slight_smile: