[Box Backup] windows client

Chris Wilson chris at qwirx.com
Wed Jul 20 00:49:40 BST 2011


On Tue, 19 Jul 2011, trelane at lavabit.com wrote:

> I appear to have successfully set up bb server on a linux box and got a
> Windows client to send a lot of data to it. However this happens when I
> run bbackupquery.exe on said client:
> INFO:    Using configuration file C:\Program Files\boxbackup\bbackupd.conf
> INFO:    Connecting to store...
> And that's it. I'm running bbstored -D on the server and it reports
> nothing about a bbackupquery connection. bbackupd is still talking to the
> server though. Is this a common problem? What could I be doing wrong?

Could port 2201 be blocked by a firewall on the server?

> Does boxbackup not do VSS? I thought I read that it did, but clearly I 
> was mistaken.

There is an experimental build of the Windows client with some VSS support 
here: http://www.boxbackup.org/trac/browser/box/chris/win32/vss-preview. 
However, there have been reports that it crashes, so I would not recommend 
its use in production, only for testing and bug reports.

> I want very much to like and use boxbackup. In theory it is great. In 
> practice I have some reservations. Correct me if I'm off base. 
> Development seems slow.

Not enough developers, so yes, guilty as charged.

> The Windows support seems iffy.

I think basic Windows support is quite good, up to the level of other 
platforms, with automated tests which pass. Support for Windows-specific 
features such as a GUI is lacking.

> That soft RAID stuff just worries me...who thought that up?

The original developer. It has some nice ideas. It's not required at all, 
you can just disable it, and we currently recommend that you do as it's 
deprecated and will probably be removed quite soon.

> Mandatory encryption is overkill.

Hard to argue with you on that, but it's part of the design objectives, 
for better or worse. It's supposed to be secure. Otherwise you could just 
use rsync.

Cheers, Chris.
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