Multiple backup sets that can be scheduled to run at specific times via cron. Each of these backup sets can contain multiple remote or local data backups.
Backup sets that are started via cron schedules will generate log files for each of the data backups in the backup sets. The backup logfiles will have the same names as the individual backup sets. Individual backup sets can be run manually and the progress can be viewed in the progress tab.
Remote backups are fully automatic and encrypted.
Keys are created for each host, uploaded and then installed on the remote hosts using a combination of ssh-keygen/scp and ssh.
This also makes remote synchronizations scheduleable.
The first time GAdmin-Rsync is opened a wizard will ask for information about the backup the user wishes to make. This wizard will also be shown for all other backups but the user can modify the settings freely as well.
Viewing and modifying logfiles of selected backup sets.
Viewing mounted discs and information about them.
Rsync server configuration.
Functions that are not currently implemented:
One of the most common complaints that Linux system administrators hear from their Windows counterparts involves the relative dearth of GUI tools that can be used to administer Linux systems.
For most of us it’s a complete non-issue, as we’ve long become familiar with the intricacies of the configuration files found under /etc. However, we’re happy to report that GAdmin-Rsync is opening a new front in the campaign to bring GUI goodness to the world of system administration.
Essentially GAdmin-Rsync is a GUI wrapper for the ever-popular rsync command, also binding in support for scp, ssh and backing up to and from remote servers. Setup is very straight-forward, and there are next to no dependencies other than rsync itself. Installation uses a script to simplify things over and above the usual configure && make && make install it’s not long before you’re ready to go.
GAdmin-Rsync takes you through your first backup job by asking you a set of wizard-based questions, which are pretty straightforward. From there, you can modify the timings within the Cron job, as well as adding other backup sets. What’s particularly special about GAdmin-Rsync is the relative ease in which it enables you to set up local-to-remote and remote-to-local backups, taking care of SSH keys and other sometimes bewildering technologies. In fact, within minutes of installing GAdmin-Rsync on our designated central backup server, we were able to set up remote backup jobs for all our Linux machines and feel confident that GAdmin-Rsync had them covered. Yes, we know that we could do all of this with rsync and by manually editing the crontab, but there’s something to be said for having a tool that centralises a lot of the work into one place.