Dirk used the LTSP workstation and the KLUG SVGA projector to display his slides with OpenOffice.org Impress. He presented two SAMBA file management implementations. The first was Microsoft’s DFS that allows file shares on Windows workstations. The second was Rsync that allows you to back up one machine’s files to another machine.
Distributed File System (DFS) allows administrators to group shared folders located on different servers by transparently connecting them to one or more DFS namespaces. A DFS namespace is a virtual view of shared folders in an organization. Using the DFS tools, an administrator selects which shared folders to present in the namespace, designs the hierarchy in which those folders appear, and determines the names that the shared folders show in the namespace. When a user views the namespace, the folders appear to reside on a single, high-capacity hard disk. Users can navigate the folders in the namespace without needing to know the server names or shared folders hosting the data. DFS also provides many other benefits, including fault tolerance and load-sharing capabilities, making it ideal for all types of organizations.
Dirk showed us how to sync one Linux box to another. Updating only the files that have changed to protect from data loss. He gave us three suggestions to avoid problems. #1) Does not copy ACL’s. Create a file with getfacl to recreate the acl’s if you have problems. #2) Use Logical Volume Management (LVM) to create a snapshot of what you are backing up. #3) Use ssh transfer method. a BASH shell script was given that performs these three tasks from the CLI.
Next we saw how to connect a Windows box to a Linux box for file system archiving using cygwin.. cygwin allows you to run Linux applications on a Windows box. The opposite of wine, which allows Windows applications to run on Linux. Dirk gave the BASH shell scripts that accomplishes the tasks listed below automating the procedures from the CLI.
How to Get Windows Files Synchronizing to Linux: #1) Install cygwin. http://www.cygwin.com/ ß more about cygwin here #2) Get ssh working. [see ssh presntation] #3) Script your way to Rsync bliss.