Copying server backup to a local virtual machine using tar command

For backing up a Linux ubuntu setup I use this command:

sudo tar -cvpzf backup2018.tar.gz --exclude=/home/server/backup2018.tar.gz -- one-file-system /

This works really good. It stores all relevant files in a zip file. The problem is that my hard drive is too small to make a backup. That's why I would like to back up the files directly to a local virtual machine over the internet. How can I do this?

Codemaster's picture

Use a SSH connection to the dump server

You can attach an SSH prompt to open an SSH connection to the target host. This would look like this

sudo tar -cvpzf backup2018.tar.gz --exclude=/home/server/backup2018.tar.gz -- one-file-system / | ssh [email protected] "cat > /backup/backup2018.tar.gz"

In this example, I took webprog24 as dump host. Before this works you have to establish an SSH-connection using SSH-keyfiles.

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