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Offsite Backup for Technical Mac Users
OpenDocMan Off-Site Storage (ODM OSS) gives you full control over your remote files using the sophisticated Unix functionality of your OSX system. A wide range of access methods are available.
Remember: we are here to support you with any use you may make of your ODM OSS filesystem, and we encourage you to contact us as often as you like with questions.
Drag and Drop Access with the Finder
The fastest and simplest way to access your offsite filesystem is to simply choose “Connect to Server” from the “Go” menu in the Finder, and enter your ODM OSS servername in the “Server Address” field:
You will be asked for your username and password and then presented with a normal Finder window representing your offsite filesystem. You can use this just like any other Folder in the Finder, dragging and dropping and organizing just like any other Folder.
You may also connect with an ftp: URL if you choose to, however we do not recommend it as the connection will not be encrypted.
Powerful, Efficient Scheduled Backups with rsync
Like most modern Unix distributions, OSX comes preinstalled with the powerful rsync command.
With no additional software or configuration needed, your Mac OSX system is ready to immediately begin powerful, bandwidth-efficient backups on whatever schedule you choose.
Your data transfer over rsync is encrypted with SSH. Our systems also support rdiff-backup, Unison and duplicity.
Efficient Remote Backup of Encrypted Disk Images
Many OSX users create encrypted disk images with the OSX Disk Utility. These encrypted filesystems, when unmounted, exist simply as large, single files.
Uploading a large, multi-gigabyte encrypted disk image on a regular (daily) basis would be impractical. Luckily, the internal structure of an encrypted OSX Disk Image allows it to be efficiently transferred with the rsync tool. This means that the long, initial upload of the file need only occur once. All subsequent backups will occur with only the changes in your local disk image being sent, even though the disk image is encrypted.
This means that with no additional software or configuration, you can perform powerful, efficient, encrypted backups of OSX Disk Images.
Local Filesystem Mount with sshFS for OSX
sshFS is now available for OSX! This means that your ODM OSS filesystem can be mounted as a standard Unix filesystem over an encrypted transport.
This allows you to interact with your ODM OSS filesystem as if it were just one more local filesystem, and provides additional flexibility (and speed) over the standard server connection in the Finder.
Standard FTP, SFTP and WebDAV access
ODM OSS filesystems are accessible over the standard FTP, SFTP and WebDAV protocols. Whether it is Fugu, Transmit, Goliath, or just plain old /usr/bin/ftp, if it operates over the FTP, SFTP or WebDAV protocols, it will work perfectly with your ODM OSS filesystem.
Powerful Remote Command Execution and Pipelining
Need an md5 or sha256 checksum of one of your remote files ? Need to see a remote 'ls' output or script some file or directory creation on the remote filesystem ? Perhaps you need to pipeline the output of a local 'dd' command to a remote filesystem …
All of these things are possible with your ODM OSS filesystem, as a wide array of standard unix administration and checksum commands can be run, remotely, over SSH.