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Englab

Remote access is available to Engineering Computing and many Engineering departmental computer labs from Windows, OS/X and Linux computers. To access the system visit https://englab.uwaterloo.ca.

Backing up various clients

There are multiple programs to simplify backup on most computers.

Linux/UNIX backup

The Ubuntu standard backup program is python based duplicity, the GUI front end is deja-dup.

The simple way to setup duplicity is to first attach ecresearch via nautilus so that authentication is already established and make a directory to store your backup. Run the backup program from applications (or "deja-dup --backup"). Under "storage local" pull down "custom location" and then specify the userid and directory such as "smb://ecresearch.uwaterloo.ca/ray/backup". If you look at the running processes while the backup is happening you will see duplicity running with a large number of options on the command line. For a totally hands free implementation you will need to setup ssh keys for authentication.

Windows backup

The default backup program for MS Windows does not support remote samba directories.

Mac OS X

Timemachine is proprietary and designed for hard disk backup or a separate appliance.