Grsync for Windows
Grsync is a visual tool to help you configure rsync. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, takes minutes to configure, and automation is a snap.
Grsync can be used configure different backup sessions so that different backup jobs can be run on different schedules. Grsync can also utilize SSH keys for password-free authentication. Everything you need to get going is included in one download. With Grsync, your backups will be worry-free in no time at all!
Installation on Microsoft Windows
Installation of Grsync is a snap:
- Download Grsync for Windows.
- Double-click the self-extracting zip file to install. Accept the default installation options.
Generating an SSH Keypair with ssh-keygen
- Open the Run prompt by holding down the Window key on your keyboard and pressing R.
- In the run box, enter
CMDand click OK.
In the Command prompt window, create a directory to store your key.
Now, change directory to the Grsync installation by entering the following
into the Command Prompt:
CD "C:\PROGRAM FILES\GRSYNC\BIN"
Note: Be sure to enclose the path in double quotes.
grsync\bindirectory, enter the following to create an key pair:
ssh-keygen -f c:\backup\ssh_key -t rsa -N ''
Note: The command ends with two single quote characters.
Uploading Your Public Key to Your EVBackup Account
Next, you'll need to upload the public key to your EVBackup account. Enter the following into the Command Prompt (all on one line):
rsync -e ssh /backup/ssh_key.pub firstname.lastname@example.org:ssh_keys/key1.pub
userwith your EVBackup account name.
- When you enter this command, you are going to see a message because your computer is being introduced to the server. Just enter yes when prompted and you'll never be bothered again.
- You'll be asked to enter the password for your EVBackup account. Once the key is uploaded and activated, this won't be necessary again.
- If Terminal simply returns (looking as though nothing has happened), then you have successfully uploaded your key!
Activating Your Public Key
Next, you need to do is to activate your key on the EVBackup server. To do this, enter the following into the Command Prompt:
ssh email@example.com addkeys
The final thing that you need to do is test that you can login without a password. Enter the following into the terminal:
ssh -i c:\backup\ssh_key firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are successful, then something very similar to the following will appear in the window:
Last login: Thu Jul 15 16:16:44 2010 from c-28-26-13-101.
Copyright (c) 1983, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
FreeBSD 6.4-STABLE (EXAVAULT) #1:
exit at the prompt and close the Command Prompt. You're all set!
Configuring a Backup Session
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If you are using 64-bit Windows, you will need to run Grsync in Compatability Mode:
- Right-click the Grsync icon on the desktop.
- Select the Compatability tab
- Check (✔) run this program in compatibility mode for checkbox and select Windows XP (Service Pack 3) from the drop-down list.
Now it's time to open up Grsync and get it configured. First, set your prefereneces by clicking the File menu, selecting Preferences. Here are a few suggestions for Grsync preferences:
- ✔ Show rsync output by default
- ✔ Show error list when finished
- ✔ Enable logging
Saving a Grsync Backup Session
The next thing to do is to create a backup session and set the directories. To add a backup session Just click the add button on the toolbar.
- Give your backup session a name that will be descriptive like, "My-Documents" or "Web-files".
- You'll want to avoid using s p a c e s in your session names as they make automation a bit more difficult.
- The source directory is the files that you will be backing up. Click the Open button to browse and select the root backup folder for the session.
The destination directory is your EVBackup account.
For example, if your EVBackup account is
bobsmith.evbackup.com, and you want to backup into the
work-filesfolder on the server, then your destination will look like this:
- Remember: you can create more than one session. Make your backup sessions discreet so that they run quickly and are fault-tolerant.
Setting Session Options
Next, set the options that you'll need for your backup. Here's a few suggestions:
Basic Options tab:
- ✔ Preserve time
- ✔ Preserve permissions
- ✔ Delete on destination (Use with caution!)
- ✔ Verbose
- ✔ Show transfer progress
- ✔ Skip newer
Advanced Options tab:
- ✔ Compress file data
Selecting your SSH Key
Next, select the SSH key that you created and uploaded previously so that you can login to your EVBackup account without a password. To select your SSH private key:
- Select the Advanced options tab in Grsync.
- Add -e "ssh -i c:\backup\private_key" into the Additional options box.
For example, if your name is Bob Smith and you stored your private key in c:\backup\ Then the Additional options might look like this:
-e "ssh -i c:\backup\private_key"
Testing the Backup Session With a Simulated Backup
Once you are configured, you'll want to do a simulated backup to make sure that everything is setup correctly. To simulate a backup session, select the Simulation option from the File menu.
- If you see the files you expect to be backed up -- and you don't see any errors, then you are good to go!
- If you need some assistance, please let us know:
Once your simulated backup runs without errors:
- Go ahead and run your first backup: Click the Execute option from the File menu
- Save the session so you can automate it later.
Automating Grsync Backups
The automation for Grsync is pretty straight forward:
Automating Grsync for Windows 7, Vista, and Server 2008
Open Task Scheduler from Control Panel > Administrative Options.
To get started, click the the Action menu and select Create Task.
- Enter a short but descriptive name for your Grsync job in the Name box.
Select the following Security options:
- ✓ Run whether user is logged on or not.
- ✓ Run with highest privileges.
- ✓ Run whether user is logged on or not.
Windows 7 64-bit:
Make sure to select the "Windows XP" option from the Configure for: drop-down box
- Click the New button to create a new trigger and select On a Schedule from the drop-down box.
- For settings, select a schedule when you want to run the Grsync backup job.
- Make sure that the Enabled box is checked.
- Click the New button to create a new Action and select Start a program from the drop-down box.
Click the Browse button to navigate to the location where you installed
In the add arguments box, enter the following:
- Enable the Start only if the following network connection is available option.
- Select the Any connection option from the drop-down box.
- ✓ Allow task to be run on demand.
- ✓ Stop the task if it runs longer than 1 day.
- Click OK to close the Create Task window and set the username and pass to automatically run the task. Enter your username and password.
You're all set. You will see your backup task in the Task Scheduler window when you click on the Task Scheduler Library node in the Explorer tree on the left-hand side.
Automating Grsync for Microsoft Windows XP & 2000, Server 2003 & 2000
Automating Grsync in Microsoft Windows is done with the Scheduled Tasks. You can open Scheduled Tasks from Control Panel.
(the default is: C:\Program Files\Grsync\bin).
Enter a descriptive name for your Grsync job in the Name box.
Grsync to EVBackup --My Documents
You're all set! You will see your backup task in the Scheduled Tasks window.