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    Linux Backup to Samba share on Windows NTFS

    Can any help me understand how to get around backing up a Linux box that is
    larger than 2 Gb's to a Windows NTFS share using Samba.

    When I try to do a CPIO or Tar backup of a Linux server to disk instead of
    tape, the backup always fails when it reaches the 2 Gb size. I would like
    to do Linux server backups to a disk on a Windows worklstation.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.


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    Super Moderator Roxoff's Avatar
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    Aug 2005
    Nottingham, England
    Can you not make the tar file locally using compression to keep the size down, then copy it across the lan to the windows machine?

    Alternatively, you could try setting up a cheapie old PC, installed with your favourite distro and with a cheap but reasonably large hard drive in it just for the backups - you could use use a script to NFS mount a drive, copy a backup onto it, then unmount the NFS volume.
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