Backup solution suggestions

Vladimir Botka vlado at
Tue Jan 15 04:02:19 PST 2008

Dne Tue, 15 Jan 2008 10:52:56 +0100
Johan Ström <johan at> napsal(a):

> Hello
> I'm looking to invest in some new hardware for backup. probably some  
> kind of NAS (a 4-disk 1U NAS or something in that size). The thing
> is that I won't be the only one with access to this box, thus I
> would like to secure my data.
> What I would like is encryption both for the transfer to the box,
> and encrypted on disk. The data on disk should not be readable by
> anyone but me (ie the other user(s) of the box should not be able to
> read it, at least not without a big effort).
> So, I'm wondering what the best solution might be.. Tar'balling all  
> my stuff and encrypt it with GPG or something and just dump it there  
> with NFS would be the easiest solution, but maybe not the best. I've  
> been thinking about running a GELI image on my box, and store that
> on the NAS over NFS.. would that be doable/secure/stable?
> Another idea would be to go with some regular 1U box running some  
> FBSD, doing scp to the box and geli local on the box but that would  
> require me to have the encryption keys on that box (which would be  
> shared so thus no good idea).
> Any other ideas? Being able to rsync to the backup storage instead
> of just sending big encrypted tarballs would be very nice (and I
> guess that would be possible with geli version)
> Maybe not the perfect list for this, but it is somewhat freebsd  
> specific and I'm sure some other ppl on the list have had simliar  
> situations :)
> --
> Johan Ström
> Stromnet
> johan at


As of the encryption on the transfer I use security/sfs to mount remote
directory for backup and then rsync in the local.

	Vladimir Botka

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