Transfer server files to another server by rSync

To copy files from a server to another server is not a complex task anymore. This blog post will give you a solid and a very easy steps to accomplish this hard task so much easily. To transfer your files from source server to destination server you must have to enable ssh in both server. If you haven’t, then you can read it to enable ssh for your server.

We will do all this copy/paste things with rsync. rSync is really a super useful stuff in this types of case. To write this post I used Ubuntu 13.04 server as my OS. So I think it will work on most unix OS.

So just you have to install rsynch on your source server and desination server by typing the following command:

sudo apt-get install rsync

it will be automatically installed on your server. Now you have to run the following command in your destination server to copy all the files from source server via ssh protocol. It works fast and really interesting.

Run the command in your destination server:

rsync -avzhe ssh username@yourRemoteServerIPorDomain:/DirectoriesNeedToBeCopied/ /LocationWhereFilesWillBeCopied

after running the following command from your destination server. It will do all the things. Rsync will connect to your source server and it will promopt you to give the password to logon to source server after that it will start copying files, directories and everything from the source server and save to your destination server. To know more details about rsync command argument you can go to rSync MAN page.

And if you want to upload the transferred files to your dropbox as a backup system you can do that after synchronizing with rsync. You can read about Upload server files to Dropbox.

Shaharia is a professional software engineer with more than 10 years of experience in the relevant fields. Digital ad certified, cloud platform architect, Big data enthusiasts, tech early adopters.

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