Backup solution suggestions

Ronald Klop ronald-freebsd8 at
Tue Jan 15 06:03:49 PST 2008

This sounds like a problem for 'tarsnap'. It's from the same author as  

I never used it so I don't know more about it than you can find in these  


On Tue, 15 Jan 2008 10:52:56 +0100, Johan Ström <johan at> wrote:

> 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
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  Ronald Klop
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