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Backup and Recovery

In this hands-on lab, we will create a backup of a folder that exists on Server1 to our backup location, Client1. We will do this with the open-source tool `rsync`.

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Clock icon Beginner
Clock icon 1h 0m
Clock icon Nov 14, 2018

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Install `rsync`

    1. Install rsync on both Server1 and Client1.
      yum install rsync

      Note: To use the above command without adding sudo, you will need to be the root user. If you do not elevate privileges to root, you will need to add sudo to the beginning of the command.

  2. Challenge

    Create a Backup Directory

    1. Create a new directory called files4backup.
    mkdir /home/cloud_user/files4backup
  3. Challenge

    Add Two Test Files to the Backup Directory

    1. Create a new text file called backup1.txt.
    cat > /home/cloud_user/files4backup/backup1.txt
    1. Create a second new text file called backup2.txt.
    cat > /home/cloud_user/files4backup/backup2.txt
  4. Challenge

    Copy the Backup Directory from Server1 to Client1

    1. Run the following command:
    rsync -avz /home/cloud_user/files4backup/ [email protected]:/home/cloud_user/files4backup/
  5. Challenge

    Edit `backup1.txt` and Verify that the Changes Were Carried Over

    On Server1:

    1. Open the backup1.txt file.
    vim /home/cloud_user/files4backup/backup1.txt
    1. Add some text to the file.
    2. Perform a remote copy again.
    rsync -avz /home/cloud_user/files4backup/ [email protected]:/home/cloud_user/files4backup/

    On Client1:

    1. Open the backup1.txt file to verify that the changes were carried over.
    vim backup1.txt

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