Backup Mac via FTP
November 24, 2006 12:19 PM   Subscribe

I need to backup parts of my Mac to my remote server via FTP. Read on....

I have a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X 10.4.8.

I already backup my entire hard drive to an external drive using SuperDuper!. I'm pretty good about 3-4 times per week. But I want more....

Here is what I need to do:

I need to backup Address Book, iCal appointments, system preference settings, and a few individual files at least daily. I have a remote server with 200GB of storage. I estimate that what I need to backup will run no more than 50MB. Is there a program, AppleScript, shell script, or something that I can run using Cron (or Cronix) or somthing to backup?
posted by honorguy7 to Computers & Internet (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
There are several ways to accomplish what you want, but it depends on what your host(s) support. Automated Backups with Transmit might help, or at least put you on the right track. I would strongly suggest using SFTP if it's an option.
posted by -t at 12:41 PM on November 24, 2006

I do precisely this with Transmit and an Automator script which runs as an iCal alarm. Very simple.

I have a folder called BackUp into which I put aliases of all the folders I want to back up, and it runs every night at 11pm.
posted by Grangousier at 12:53 PM on November 24, 2006 [1 favorite]

SuperDuper will allow you a) to create dmg versions of your backup and b) to run a script post-backup. So you could easily use SuperDuper as you are now and build an additional smaller routine to catch a subset of files, back them up to a disk image, and then ftp that via Transmit (or something else) to a specified location.

What I would love would be to do the same thing but with my entire mirror backup, using the Amazon storage thing as the target location.
posted by mikel at 1:32 PM on November 24, 2006

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