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Powershell script that uses Robocopy and Hardlinks for creating backup snapshots on local partitions (NTFS) or remote shares (NTFS, Samba) just like the famous Rsnapshot

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  • Powershell script which tries to clone the features of Rsnapshot with Windows built-in routines
  • Works on local partitions (NTFS) and remote shares (NTFS, Samba)
  • Uses ROBOCOPY.EXE for the copying jobs
  • Copies only new and changed files to the backup repository
  • Unchanged files are 'hard linked'
  • Windows XP: local backups (internal, usb) -- FSUTIL.EXE
  • Windows 7: local backups (internal, usb) -- MKLINK
  • Windows XP + 7: remote backups -- LN.EXE
  • Tested on Windows XP SP3 32 bit and Windows 7 32/64 bit
  • When using on remote shares make sure the filesystem supports hard links
  • Saves you a lot of storage capacity


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    Great script! I have used rsync and rsnapshot for many years and roboshot produces results right in line with rsnapshot. The data transfer performance is less that I expected though. I have a Windows SSTP VPN that transfers the same 100GB folder at 7Mbps where roboshot can only get 800Kbps going. Please contact me if you want to collaborate on testing performance? Web: SBizIT dot com or Twitter kamsalisbury

    Posted 06/11/2016
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Advanced End Users, System Administrators, End Users/Desktop

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