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Re: using subversion as a workstation backup mechanism

From: eg <egoots_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-03-16 03:08:28 CET

Tim Harvey wrote:
> Greetings,
>
> I'm working at a company where the backup of critical user files on
> their (primarily WindowsXP) workstations is greatly lacking.
>
> I'm thinking of using subversion as a backup mechansim in the following way:
> - we already have a network server (which is IT blessed) with a
> network share for each user mapped to say 'P:', and its contents are
> backed up nightly
> - from each workstation, create a svn repository in P:\backup
> - create directories in that repository and sync them to directories
> on the workstation to backup: ie: c:\documents and settings\$user\my
> documents\
> - automate a script that runs nightly (via task scheduler) on the user
> workstation that does t he following:
> - svn add all new files
> - svn del all missing files
> - svn commit
>

In a Windows Server environment people often use redirection of My
Documents from the workstation to the server shares. It happens at login
and resynchronizes. Then server backups occur as usual.

Alternatively, there are server backup solutions (e.g. Backup Exec)
which will backup the servers and the workstations (from the server).

You don't mention your server OS, only your workstations.

This is not rocket science and shouldn't require some cobbled up
subversion solution.

Sounds like you need some IT help and some money thrown at it.

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