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 +====== Windows Integration ======
  
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 +You may use your off-site filesystem with whatever tool you prefer. However, we provide a number of methods that we have tested and work well.
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 +In general, you will use one method to perform automated, scheduled backups of your files, and another tool to browse through the filesystem in real time.
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 +Remember: we are here to support you with any use you may make of your off-site filesystem, and we encourage you to contact us as often as you like with questions.
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 +Automated Windows Backups
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 +The primary purpose of your offsite filesystem is the automated storage of your data sets. The following are two powerful methods of automatically backing up the data on a Windows system on a schedule.
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 +Most likely, the first method listed below, our Windows Backup Agent, is your best choice.
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 +===== Off-Site Backup Windows Backup Agent =====
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 +OpenDocMan provides all customers with a powerful enterprise backup utility - the Off-Site Windows Backup Agent.
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 +This tool allows you to create and maintain multiple backup profiles, supports open files (like exchange and SQL Server) and performs powerful encryption and compression functions.
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 +In addition, you are able to maintain multiple versions of files and create exclusion lists for files you do not wish to include. Backups are done efficiently,​ with only the changes in your files being sent over the network.
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 +Installation and configuration instructions can be found here:
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 +HOWTO: Off-Site Windows Backup Agent
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 +===== rsync for Windows (rsync.exe) =====
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 +There is a Windows version of the legacy unix tool, rsync. If you are a unix administrator,​ or an advanced user that prefers the command line rsync utility, this method will work well for you.
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 +rsync is very easily installed onto your Windows system (9x/​NT/​2000/​XP/​2003) and can be placed into your built-in Windows Task Scheduler to run as often as you like.
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 +With this solution in place, your specificed directories are backed up to your off-site filesystem on a daily basis, requiring no interaction or upkeep on your part.
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 +HOWTO: Automated Windows Backups with rsync
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 +===== Browsing Your Filesystem in Windows =====
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 +Although automated backups may be your most important access method, random access browsing by a human being is important as well.
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 +NOTE: any tool that runs over standard ftp/​sftp/​scp will work with our filesystem.
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 +The most common means of browsing your filesystem are:
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 +==== Mapping Your Off-Site Filesystem as a Drive Letter ====
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 +This is our favorite, and by far the simplest and easiest to use. You install a very small, lightweight application that allows you to enter the address of your off-site filesystem. This mounts your filesystem securely as a drive letter, over SFTP, which you can use just like any other drive letter.
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 +Pros: Very, very simple to use. Secure. Free. Gives you a plain old drive letter to work with.
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 +Cons: You have to install a very small program.
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 +HOWTO: Mapping Your off-site Filesystem as a Drive Letter
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 +
 +==== Opening a WebFolder over WebDAV ====
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 +This method allows you to browse your filesystem through Internet Explorer, using Microsofts built-in WebDAV functionality. You get a nice windows based drag and drop interface. The only problem is that the Windows implementation of WebDAV is _very poor_ and depending on what versions of Windows, Office, and other applications you have installed, it may not work properly.
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 +Pros: Very simple. Secure. Free. Requires no software installation of any kind.
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 +Cons: Microsoft WebDAV support is very poor, sometimes non-functional. Does not mount as a normal drive letter.
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 +HOWTO: WebFolders in Windows over WebDAV
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 +==== Secure File Management with WinSCP ====
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 +WinSCP is a very simple, free file management program that provides the familiar "​two-paned"​ file management interface. All of your local files on your computer are on the left-hand side, and all of the remote files at ODM OSS are on the right-hand side. You can drag and drop files between the two systems at your leisure.
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 +Please see our WinSCP Howto for detailed instructions.
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 +Pros: Free, fast and secure.
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 +Cons: Not as tightly integrated into the Windows Operating Environment.
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