How do you set up rsync with Windows and your Thecus NAS?

You finally have your Thecus NAS installed and ready at home. Your drives are installed, your firmware’s up-to-date, and your cat’s taken up residence in the now-empty box. So what’s next? How about populating your new toy advanced networking solution?

When copying everything over to your Thecus NAS, you’ll have a number of options. While users will most often set up a network drive and copy files across (as you would usually do on a local drive), today’s post is going to take a closer look at the options offered by a little tool called ‘rsync’.

“Rsync?” I hear you say ask, “You said this post was about windows, and isn’t that for Unix systems?” Well, you’re right. But thanks to the awesome people over at Synametrics Technologies Inc, we have a little trick up our sleeves in the form of DeltaCopy. To quote the developers,

In general terms, DeltaCopy is an open source, fast incremental backup program. Let’s say you have to backup one file that is 500 MB every night. A normal file copy would copy the entire file even if a few bytes have changed. DeltaCopy, on the other hand, would only copy the part of file that has actually been modified. This reduces the data transfer to just a small fraction of 500 MB saving time and network bandwidth.
In technical terms, DeltaCopy is a “Windows Friendly” wrapper around the Rsync program, currently maintained by Wayne Davison. “rsync” is primarily designed for Unix/Linux/BSD systems. Although ports are available for Windows, they typically require downloading Cygwin libraries and manual configuration.

Ok, so at this point you probably couldn’t contain your excitement and already have DeltaCopy downloaded and installed. Next there will be two steps: Setting up your client (PC) and setting up your server (NAS) for the file transfers.

Server Side

In ThecusOS 5 and 6 (enter your NAS IP address into a web browser to access the OS), you will need to browse to the ‘Rsync Target Server’ section. Once there, enable the service, and choose a username and password. Depending on your router, you may have to also open port 873.

Client Side

Peace of cake so far, right? Next, run the client side DeltaCopy application you installed on your PC. Once running, you can add a new profile: Here you can set a name for this backup, record your NAS’s local IP address, choose where you want your files to be backed up to, and set whether this backup will occur automatically according to a schedule. Testing the connection is also a good idea to make sure everything’s set correctly.

Now that the backup profile’s been created, you can choose which folders you want backed up (File List tab), and also set the appropriate authentication (Authentication tab). Once you’ve set everything up, don’t forget to click ‘Apply’. You’ll notice that there are also a number of other options (such as encryption using SSH-Keys) for you to play around with, so pick and choose what best fits your usage scenario.

Now you’re set. Run the backup and enjoy your nifty new tool! And as always, if you have any questions please drop us a line via the support system or official forum.

Leave a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.