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How I automated my backups to Amazon S3 using s3sync. | John Eberly

 

How I automated my backups to Amazon S3 using s3sync.

Jeremy Zawodny has an excellent article/discussion about the different tools currently available to take advantage of Amazon simple storage service (S3). After testing many tools available for S3 currently, I decided to use the ruby program s3sync to backup my data to S3.
As I explained an earlier post, I wanted a simple low level tool to perform automatic backups S3. I decided to use s3sync to do the heavy lifting and use the jets3t Cockpit GUI to monitor my S3 account. The following explains how I successfully started automating my backups to S3 using s3sync and cockpit.

My server is running Ubuntu Dapper with samba server. All the machines in my house use a “Public” drive on the samba server to store all files from Windows and Linux. All of our important files like photos, home movies, and documents are stored on this “public” drive. This simplifies the backup procedure, since I don’t have to backup multiple sources.

The following steps describe how I backup my “public drive” to Amazon’s awesome S3 storage service. I decided to post this, because I haven’t found a fairly “simple” guide to actually automate backups to S3 that functions similar to rsync on Linux. This is a follow-up post to my original post on choosing a backup solution.

How I automated my backups to Amazon S3 using s3sync. | John Eberly