Remote Backup

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Aaphid
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Remote Backup

Post by Aaphid » Sat May 03, 2008 7:06 am

Is there anyway to use Exetels facilities as a remote data backup facility?

Or even as a server for dropping files that can be accessed remotely?

James D

Re: Remote Backup

Post by James D » Sat May 03, 2008 12:03 pm

I guess you could try it with the free 200mb of web space that you get and just htaccess the folders.

Col
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Re: Remote Backup

Post by Col » Sat May 03, 2008 8:37 pm

It might be an interesting service for Exetel to establish, especially as an added feature when trying to increase business customers where there is a much bigger market for this service. Though Exetel would need to get a development team up and running to code the software to schedule, encrypt, compress, send and retrieve the data.

CoreyPlover
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Re: Remote Backup

Post by CoreyPlover » Sat May 03, 2008 11:33 pm

Col wrote:It might be an interesting service for Exetel to establish, especially as an added feature when trying to increase business customers where there is a much bigger market for this service. Though Exetel would need to get a development team up and running to code the software to schedule, encrypt, compress, send and retrieve the data.
I don't think this is likely at all. There are already specialist services available in the market catering for exactly these needs. Plus, by simply having an ADSL connection at a sister site, you can easily schedule remote synchronisations of data files yourself using programs like ViceVersa or rsync.

Cexitime
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Re: Remote Backup

Post by Cexitime » Sun May 04, 2008 5:20 pm

Aaphid wrote:Is there anyway to use Exetels facilities as a remote data backup facility?

Or even as a server for dropping files that can be accessed remotely?
Hi :)

I wrote a small batch file (a bat file) that will 7z compress the files then upload them to exetel's webspace.

The file can be found here (unzip the file using either 7zip or winrar)
Note: The file directory must be kept!

First there is a bit of configuration on your behalf.

You must open ftpscript.txt and replace the words 'login' and 'password' with your own.
(Login will be your phone number inc area code, password is whatever you set it to be in the exetel user facilities)

Then close and SAVE it.

Now, Any files you want to backup, must be placed in the folder called 'backup' (This folder contains two empty .txt files called testa and testb for you to try the script), any files NOT included in this folder will not be backed up!

Then all you have to do is run backup.bat :)

Just to recap, this is what the script does

1)It compress' any files/folders located in the folder called backup into a .7z file.
2) it uploads it to the exetel webspace
3) it deletes the backup.7z on the local computer.

Col
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Re: Remote Backup

Post by Col » Sun May 04, 2008 5:29 pm

CoreyPlover wrote:I don't think this is likely at all. There are already specialist services available in the market catering for exactly these needs. Plus, by simply having an ADSL connection at a sister site, you can easily schedule remote synchronisations of data files yourself using programs like ViceVersa or rsync.
There were already companies in Australia that specialised in VoIP and there were already companies with large userbases of mobile phone customers yet Exetel still added these services to its offerings because they thought that they could add value to these services and that they would enhance their offerings to make themselves more appealing to potential customers. Perhaps just a mention on the web hosting pages that the accounts could be used for this purpose and provide customers with a list of programs to use like done with providing x-lite.

CoreyPlover
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Re: Remote Backup

Post by CoreyPlover » Sun May 04, 2008 6:05 pm

Cexitime wrote:I wrote a small batch file (a bat file) that will 7z compress the files then upload them to exetel's webspace.
Another alternative is to use a file syncronisation utility. There are many that allow file synchronisation to an ftp host and these have an advantage over a batch backup because they first analyse the files on the local and remote locations and only transfer the incremental differences. They can also work bi-directionally and are able to keep historical versions of files automatically. I use a commercial program called ViceVersa for this, but I'm sure there are also freeware utilities available on the net.

Aaphid
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Re: Remote Backup

Post by Aaphid » Mon May 05, 2008 8:16 pm

OK

So this all sounds good.

How about as a suggestion Exetel investigate the possibility of "renting" additional disk space to customers. No added services or anything just some blank disk space that we could utilise.

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