Mirroring Your Web Server With rsync

by Jason Drohn

Servers are sexy.  They let you do all kinds of crazy things that most ‘normal’ rigs can’t.  That includes data mining and serving web apps and being an email dump for all your random gmail accounts.

But what happens if something goes wrong?  Where is all your data?  Will it rise out of the ashes of smoked metal and plastic?  Don’t count on it.

Over the last month, we’ve been talking about servers and how we can make them do some cool things.  We plan on keeping it that way.  But I would be remiss if I didn’t also show you how to protect your data as well.

I just found a top notch guide on HowToForge.com which walks you though mirroring your web server to another machine with rsync.

Here at the office, we have a web server and a file server, both RAID’d – but as an extra layer of protection all the web server files are getting stored on the file server as well.

The install is pretty quick and painless.  All you need is SSH or terminal access to both machines.

In fact, if you have SSH access on your GoDaddy or Mediatemple server, I think this setup will work for you there too!

Have a look and let me know what you think!

[Link to how-to guide: HowToForge.com]


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