> I am new to this list and am a little unclear as if this backup
> software can handle all of the Windows, MAC, and Unix platforms.
The server needs to run on a linux or unix machine.
The clients can be Windows, linux or unix.
I don't know what transport methods can be used for Macs. If Macs
support SMB-style shares (perhaps there are products that allow you
to share a Mac disk on WinXX?) then it might work. Otherwise, NFS
would work with the soon-to-be-released v1.04, since it additionally
supports tar, which can be used, for example, over ssh to the client,
or locally on the server on a filesystem automounted over NFS. If
you find a solution that works please tell me so I can add it to
> If my reading was correct, then is see that you are using Samba to
> set up the backups. I was wondering how secure that actually was.
Samba, specifically smbclient, is used on the server to extract the
data from a client (as I mentioned above, v1.04 will support tar and
tar over ssh for unix/linux clients, which is as secure as the private
ssh keys themselves).
For smbclient to work you need to share your WinXX disk. This
carries security risks. There is a section in the documentation
that discusses this.
As one example, at our site we use firewall software on our laptops for
when users are connected to untrusted networks (eg: home broadband,
international dialup etc). We configure the firewall software so that
the SMB ports are blocked for all traffic except from the machine that
runs BackupPC. That makes our backup share protected by both a password
and the firewall software.
Hope that helps!