I'd like to make use of the Windows 7 backup feature for system settings and user profiles due to some major hiccups in the past. Problem now is that my main OS is a linux install which also resides in the same PC but on a different hdd, and is therefore found by the windows disk manager.
The linux hdd has a /boot-partition which is marked as bootable and also contains the grub2 instance I use as boot manager and windows backup tries to include it in its routine and fails due to a unreadable file system.
I tried installing ext2 ifs to fix the unreadable part but its seems like the backup manager runs on a different level and is not wary of the driver.
Is there any option for the backup tool to completely ignore the other hdd or can I deactivate it completely for windows as I dont need access to it?
I'm trying to backup the system images not the actual partitions.
When you configure your backup, you can check and/or uncheck disks in which you wish to back up. You may want to uncheck the linux partitions
What's a good portable backup-tool, for a bunch of Linux/Windows machines? It should only backup data-folders specified by the user, doesn't need to be full images of the system.
Ideally, the backup target could be a network share/linux server; what's important is that the clients run both Linux and Windows, and I'd like a single solution for all of them. Ah and it should work on x64 Win7 ;)
Is such a tool out there?
Rsync is the best network backup you're going to find. Deltacopy is a nice Windows port, with a frontend, scheduling and email reporting.. It also has a Windows server. I've used it on Xp, 2003, 208 and Windows 7 without problems. For the Linux machines, you can just use native rsync.
I use BackupPC - it's fantastic:
Unison file synchronizer is the best thing I found so far. It's like rsync, only better, because it supports two-way sync and profiles. It also seems more resistant than rsync to cross-platform issues like permissions and file names.
The only downside compared to rsync is speed. My 60 GB home directory, after a single day's work, can be backed up to a USB drive in about 2 minutes with rsync, about 10 minutes with Unison.
Or if you want something a little more user friendly you could try crashplan which does everything you ask and also allows you to do backups to a friends system over an internet connection and to their online backup system (the last bit requires a paid subscription)
rdiff-backup. Really stable and good.
I have successfully used Linbox Rescue Server. It can backup full images as well as selected data from multiples Windows and Linux systems. It runs on a dedicated Linux server connected on the same LAN as the target machines.
Try out ShadowProtect - It REALLY does fast backups of the system.