Client backup (backups for work computers)

The URZ offers an object storage service specifically for backing up workplace computers (Windows, Linux, MacOS). The open source software Duplicati presents a suitable option for the backup and recovery of data with object-based storage.

The most important settings in brief for those in a hurry:

  • Storage type: SFTP (SSH)
  • Server: client-backups.urz.uni-heidelberg.de
  • Port: 2222 (only accessible from the university network. Use the VPN if necessary)
  • Username: Uni-ID
  • Password: The matching password.

Please note: Using the object storage is only possible with a Uni-ID and only for employees. An explicit activation of the service is not necessary (any longer).

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Frequently asked questions

The terms "backup" and "archiving" are often used synonymously. However, they refer to different types of data storage with very different objectives. Here is a brief overview of the main differences:

Backup

  • Storage of current data you need for day to day work (e.g. backup of a hard drive with an operating system) which can be quickly restored if necessary ("hot data").

  • Data is stored incrementally, which means only changes in the individual files are transferred to the system. This saves space and resources.

  • Data is stored in versions, making very fast restoration possible.

  • For this, the URZ offers the Client backup (backup for workplace computers) and Server backup services.

Archiving

  • Long-term storage of data (such as from administration and research) which remains unchanged ("cold data") for a long period of time (years to decades).

  • Data is stored as a complete, revision-proof package.

  • Data is kept unchanged and generally not stored in more than one version, so restoration takes some time.

  • For this, the URZ offers the Archive - your data preserved! service.

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