Are you trying to transfer files using Rsync from Windows to Linux over SSH?
This guide will help you.
Users must be able to see their files as a Windows share using Windows, OSX, or Linux. The sync must still work from the Linux CLI. Once the files have been synced, users will delete them from their Linux systems. Files must remain on Windows, where they will be backed up to tape.
Over the years we have assisted many customers to transfer and synchronize data between different machines using the rsync command.
Even though the rsync protocol can be pretty simple to use, some of its more advanced features may surprise you.
Here at Ibmi Media, as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform Rsync related queries.
In this context, we shall look into how to perform Rsync from Windows to Linux over SSH.
Facts about Rsync and SSH ?
We can use rsync to transfer and synchronize data between different machines and directories. Using the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol, we can copy the files securely to another location.
Compared to other methods for copying files, the Rsync tool has many benefits. It uses both compression and decompression to send and receive files.
In addition, the tool only transfers new or updated files saving on bandwidth and bringing faster transfer times.
Rsync from Windows to Linux over SSH
Although Rsync is built to run on Unix-like systems, we can use it on Windows. With the help of Cygwin which produces a wonderful Linux API, we can run rsync. Depending on the computer we can either download the 32-bit or 64-bit version.
We can install rsync and ssh using Cygwin.
Now let us see how our Support Experts perform this.
Steps to install Cygwin:
1. Download Cygwin from http://www.cygwin.com/ and install it on the machine we are performing the backups.
2. When prompted accept all the defaults to download from the internet > Accept the install directory C:cgywin64 > Install for All users > Set the local Package Directory to the Desktop > Internet = Direct Connection > Choose a Download site > Next.
3. Then select Expand Net as packages.
4. Select openssh and rsync to install.
5. In Expand shells > Select bash to install > Complete the installation.
We can perform rsync operation using the command given below:
rsync /cygdrive/c/users/Owner/Pictures/ -av -e ssh email@example.com:/var/files/ImageSync/
Here, /cygdrive/c/users/Owner/Pictures/ is the location of files in Windows machine. Whereas, /var/files/ImageSync/ is the location of files in Linux machine.