This version (2022/06/20 09:01) was approved by msiegel.


User Data on VSC is not backuped.

Backup is solely the responsibility of each user.

RAID-5 or RAID-6 is used on NFS and BeeGFS servers and Disk Pools on the GPFS servers to protect against single disk failure. Up to one (RAID-5) or two (RAID-6) or more (Disk Pool) disks failing concurrently can be sustained.

Other failure modes like disk controller failure or filesystem software faults are very seldom but might lead to loss of data.

Continous Backup of user Data to remote Machines

A continuous backup from VSC has to circumvent the entering of the OTP numbers. If it its possible to keep a ssh session alive for a longer time, it can be used to create a tunnel for connecting to a rsync daemon. Each time this tunnel has been disconnected (e.g. reboot of your machine or a VSC login node) you have to re-login with a OTP to reestablish the ssh tunnel

Do the following steps:

  1. on the remote machine, download a script an execute it. It will setup the configuration for a rsync daemon:
    wget -O
  2. On the local machine, also download a script, it will compile the commands for creating the ssh tunnel and using the rsync:
    wget -O
  3. start the rsync daemon with the 'start_rsync' command specified in the 'alias' on the remote machine (!!! remember on which login node you started the daemon, you have to connect to it later). The command looks like:
    rsync --daemon --config=/home/ ..../ rsyncd.conf
  4. open the ssh tunnel 'tunnel_vsc_rsync' on the local machine this will tunnel map a local port to the remote port of the listening rsync daemon. This example maps the local port 5100 to port 8077 on the login node l32:
     ssh -L <user> 

    (the login node “l32” conntected to must be the same as in step 3)

  5. do the 'backup_vsc' on the local machine. This command connects via the local port of the ssh-tunnel from step 4 to the remote rsync daemon:
    rsync --password-file=/home/.../rsyncd.secrets -av --port 5100 rsync://<user>@localhost/myfiles /tmp/ 
  • doku/backup.txt
  • Last modified: 2021/09/29 09:31
  • by goldenberg