Backup solution suggestions
johan at stromnet.se
Wed Jan 16 16:34:32 PST 2008
On Jan 16, 2008, at 19:02 , Toomas Aas wrote:
> Johan Ström wrote:
>> My main problem with existing solutions is this "gap" of
>> encryption on the backup server side. I dont want it to be
>> readable outside of my box (without encryption keys ofcourse), so
>> as soon as I send it of from my box I want it to be encrypted over
>> the link, and down on the disk. Not decrypted on the remote box,
>> to then be encrypted again (with keys available on that box) and
>> then stored to disk. That would allow any users of that box (yes
>> sure you can have file permissions but lets assume someone else
>> have root access there) to read my files.
>> Simple Example:
>> I create regular tarball (gziped maybee) with some files i want to
>> backup, Then i encrypt this file with ie gpg. Then i send of this
>> file using some unspecified network protocol to the storage server.
>> Encrypted all the way, from my end to the remote disk..
>> The downside is that it is a static file.. not a "dynamic
>> filesystem", nothing I can mount and have easy access to
>> individual files from. *Thats* what I'm looking for.
> As a long-time user of Amanda and regular lurker on their mailing
> list, I've noticed that latest versions of Amanda have encryption
> capabilities. They seem to fit your needs in that encryption can be
> performed entirely on the backup client ("your box") side if one
> opts to set things up that way.
> I haven't used encryption with Amanda myself so this is just what
> I've heard on the list and read from the wiki just now:
> As for the ease of restore, it's not quite *that* easy, i.e. you
> can't just transparently mount the backup as a filesystem and copy
> files from there. Amanda has a command-line-ftp-like recovery
> interface, where you can specify which files/subdirectories and
> from which date you want recovered. It's been easy enough for me.
Looked through that page, seems like pretty much work right now. And
I looked through the amanda docs, and I got to say, when calling
themselfs "Amanda is the world's most popular Open Source Backup and
Archiving software." one would expect somewhat better docs.. hehe.
Anyway, I will look more into the ggated suggestion from another post
before digging deeper into amanda :)
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