Debian :: Encrypted Backup To Remote Dumb Server

Mar 23, 2011

This is not a regular backup. I only want to backup selective directories so personal files (photographs, documents, sourcecode) will be kept safe in case of a total system meltdown. This'll be 15GB max. Basically the digital variant of a fire resistant safe. I looked into duplicity but that requires me to install gpg keys on the target machine, which I can not do. I rather have a solution that just relies on just a working shell account and diskspace on the target server.

I thought of writing a simple script to do the following:
1. Mount remote server with sshfs
2. Mount encrypted container at remote server (LUKS, TrueCrypt?)
3. Loop over predefined directories on local machine and copy to encrypted container (rdiff-backup?)

Based on these requirements:
- Target server is "dumb": only ssh access + diskspace (i.e. no installing of gpg keys)
- Encrypted container should grow/shrink to fit contents
- Encrypted container should be easily decryptable on any OS if you have the password
- Once data leaves client server it should be encrypted: sysadmin on target server should never be able to see unencrypted data.

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Ubuntu :: Backup Storage In Encrypted Format On Server?

Apr 30, 2011

I learned from another post that Ubuntu (Gnome) will be doing away with panels as of 11.10 so I am in the process of downloading Lubuntu to have a look see. To keep myself amused during the download I have been poking around in various documentation pages and came across one on about backup. It points to some pages on Ubuntu One.

The tech specs indicate that communication to/from Ubuntu One use SSL. However, I do not find any information as to the actual storage of files on the Ubuntu One servers (the FAQ page seems to be down at the moment). Can anyone tell me if the files which are synced to the server are stored in an encrypted format on the server?

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Dec 20, 2010

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Jan 2, 2010

I'm recently switched my work laptop from running winXP to runing karmic. I'm still at the stage of getting my various bits and bobs working correctly. One of these I (may) have a problem with is backup's. I've ran backuppc on a ubuntu 9.04 box in the attic for the last year or so and I've been backing up my laptop to that. But since the switch, since I have an encrypted home dir, what is being backed up is the encrypted files. First, can I recover these if needed (I kept a copy of my passphrase), or can I get backuppc to ssh in as me with my home dir mounted correctly?

Backuppc is using rsync over ssh I've been using linux on and off since about redhat 5.0, so I'm not afraid of the command line or vi

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Feb 20, 2010

I managed to make an encrypted backup of my ubuntu box onto my server and was also able to restore it. I mainly followed this tutorial here. Altough everything worked fine I have two questions:What is that part for ? Quote: export PASSPHRASE=your_passphrase

Just for the fun of it, and to see how it would handle incremental backups I ran the backup command a second time and was, to my surprise, asked to provide my GpG password. Whys that? And how can I "auto-login", since I would like to run this command in a cron job.

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Mar 26, 2011

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Aug 10, 2010

I want to backup data and upload to online hosting services. I first want to encyrpt my data locally that I want to backup. Since I will be making changes locally to the data, I want some sort of incremental imaging system where the incremental changes are stored in seperate files so that I only have to upload the incremental encrypted changes. Duplicity is an option, but it uses GPG, which makes it a bit complicated; and I was wondering if there was any alternative which was simpler as I am only doing the encryption and backup locally.

EDIT:I have only ONE computer on which the data resides, and on which the backup image image is made. That is, I have a directory foo on my computer, the backup of which will be made to back-foo on the same computer. I want back-foo to be in an encypted form Then back-foo will be uploaded (unencrypted) to microsft live storage or to spideroak storage etc. Since back-foo is encrypted, my upload is secure. And since I'm uploading, I want incremental backup support, that is, the backup utility should create new files which contain the incremental changes so that I can upload only the new files which contain the changes.

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Jul 26, 2011

I'm looking for a way to store an encrypted filesystem on which can be mounted and used by multiple clients concurrently - I've considered and experimented with many different ideas, including code...

but all of them are leading me to what looks like a fundamental theoretical problem: a filesystem with concurrent access needs someone to manage it, and who's going to manage it if I can't trust the server? Or refuse on principle to trust the server? There would need to be some trusted entity communicating with every client and making decisions to keep the filesystem and/or block device consistent, right?

Is my understanding correct, or is there any way of achieving what I'm trying to do?

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I am not seeing what i am doing wrong here, but here goes:

From my server I need to run a command for backup on 25 remote servers (through a script). Now I have pushed the public keys for remote ssh connectivity on all of them and it works ( I can push files using rsync without the need to enter passwords on the remote servers), howver, I need to run the following command:

ssh odsadmin@ 'cp -a /var/www/life /var/www/life-v4'

when I run this command, I keep getting asked to enter the password, I even tried putting sudo in front of the cp, but still get the request to enter the password.

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Jan 18, 2016

I switched last summer from Windows (used it since Windows 95) to Debian. I'm using Debian Jessie for a couple of months now and I'm getting used a little.

There are problems here and there, but I can solved them with some reading on the web. Not really a big problem...till now

I run Debian 8.2 om my PC (PC1). Bought an older PC (PC2) that I want to use as a backup server.

I'm using PC2 only for making backups, after the backup I switch it off again.

So I installed Debian 8.2 (net-install without DE and with SSH) on PC2 and tried to configure it to let it work as my backup location. Made a public SSH key and exported it to the root account (no problem) and to the user account (sensdeb), but there was an error "Access Denied"

Gave the user (sensdeb) sudo-rights via visudo file

# User privilege specification
sensdeb ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL

I installed rsync.

The problem is that Rsync only works when I use the root account.

Code: Select allrsync -r -n -t -v --progress --delete -u -l -H -s /media/Data/Mp3/Anastacia root@

When I try to sync with he normal user account sensdeb

Code: Select allrsync -r -n -t -v --progress --delete -u -l -H -s /media/Data/Mp3/Anastacia sensdeb@

I get error's. Access Denied

I don know how to give the user sensdeb the rights so that I can use that account for my backup tasks. Now it's possible to sync with the root account, but that should not be the way to do it, I read many times.

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Mar 15, 2011

I have a Linux server running Debian 5. I need to get it backed up. I have worked with tar in my past Unix days. I've read that there are some limitations to tar though since it is intended for tape.

My server would need to backup to a Windows server share. From ther it will be backed up to an offsite location. Can anyone make a recommendation for what to use? I would like to take a full backup weekly and then a incremental daily.

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Nov 1, 2010

I have a live production server with different partitions that I would like to backup/ghost so that if the server crashes, I would have an easy way to restore it. My server is running Debian Lenny, it's got 2 x 2TB hard disks in RAID1 mode.

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda5 4.6G 1002M 3.4G 23% /
tmpfs 1.7G 0 1.7G 0% /lib/init/rw
udev 10M 744K 9.3M 8% /dev
tmpfs 1.7G 0 1.7G 0% /dev/shm
/dev/sda1 122M 15M 102M 13% /boot
/dev/sda6 4.6G 289M 4.1G 7% /home
/dev/sda8 942M 18M 877M 2% /tmp
/dev/sda9 1.8T 3.9G 1.7T 1% /var

As you can see, total disk usage is about 5GB. I can transfer that to another server on the network.What would be the best way to perform a complete backup without stopping the server and how could I restore that backup in case of emergency ? After browsing the entire Web, I couldn't find the answer that would make my life easy, so I give it a try here

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# delete backups older than 7 days
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The problem is, every morning I get an email with an error message something like this:

find: `/mnt/backup/subfolder': No such file or directory

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I have a machine on my network and that machine is a mass storage server that I will eventually use as a media server (to stream movies, videoclips and music on my home theater system). I use slackware 13 on ALL of my machines.

I am trying to automate the backup of the "/home" folder of my laptop onto the mass storage server. I currently use rsnapshot and it works great, but I would like to automate the whole process, even if I am not home or in front of my machines...

Here's what I imagined (in pseudo code):

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