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Old 27th July 2022
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Default Windows 10 backup options

How do you all backup the Windows computer of your family members or kids?

On my OpenBSD box I use tarsnap
But to use that on the Windows box of my wife, you will have to install Cygwin, But I don't want to install it on an already aging nearly full 500GB disk.

I am also looking into Amazon S3/glacier as backup option. Does anybody experience with that?

When googling for Amazon S3 for Windows I came across a reference to https://winscp.net/eng/index.php that seems to have S3 support.

WinSCP would also give me the opportunity to backup the Windows files to Open/FreeBSD first and probably would be faster than via the internet to Amazon S3.

PS When searching the OpenBSD ports tree at https://openports.pl/path/sysutils/rclone
found an OpenBSD port of rclone Also looks interesting .....

Questions, questions .... Any answers, experiences?
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I haven't seriously used Windows for over a decade, but one way to get tarsnap working for your wife may be to share/expose the drive over SMB, mount that on your OpenBSD box with Samba, and run tarsnap from there.
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20 years ago it was quite simple to use Samba and Windows. But now the first thing the Samba docs are talking about is a domain controller. And I don't think Windows 10 home edition can function as a domain controller
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Hmm, I just found this: https://wiki.samba.org/index.php/Set...ndalone_Server
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Introduction

In small networks, such as a home network, or to share folders on a host that is not part of a domain, you often do not want to set up an Active Directory or NT4 domain.

The following documentation describes how to set up a Samba standalone server providing:
  • a share that is accessible anonymously (guest access).
  • a share that requires authentication against a local user database on the Samba host.
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20 years ago it was quite simple to use Samba and Windows. But now the first thing the Samba docs are talking about is a domain controller. And I don't think Windows 10 home edition can function as a domain controller
I don't think you need any of that; you can "share" (as Windows calls it) a drive or directory and mount it on the OpenBSD box with samba or FUSE (e.g. sysutils/usmb).

I only have a Windows 10 (Pro) QEMU VM I use for testing, but I can go to the "Sharing" tab in the properties on any directory to set stuff up. You can also use `net share` from the command prompt. You can even enable SSH from the settings on Windows nowadays and you've got OpenSSH:

Code:
% nc localhost 9923
SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_for_Windows_8.1
^C

% ssh windows
Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.19044.1826]
(c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

martin@WINDOWS-PUV3U0J C:\Users\martin>
Running a windows cmd.exe shell on my Linux laptop is certainly an odd experience, but it actually works quite well.

I usually run my Windows machine headless and use it only for "go test" from ssh. If the amount of data isn't that large, you can sync things with scp, which I what I do to sync the code.
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Thanks, I found a document how to set up Windows file sharing without setting up a domain.

More than 20 years ago I used to backup my wife's stuff on her DrDOS machine with Lan Manager, which supported the SMB protocol. At that time this book was very helpful: https://www.amazon.com/Samba-Black-B.../dp/1576104559

A few days ago I installed FreeBSD 13.1 on an USB stick and happened to see FreeBSD has a nsmb.conf(5) file in /etc/
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