rsync server setup for centos

Hi Folks,

Little simple to follow guide I found on my travels, thought it might come in handy to some.

  • Make sure xinetd and rsync is available, if not type
    # yum -y install rsync xinetd
  • Add xinetd service to system
    # chkconfig –add xinetd
  • Make sure xinetd running on init 3 and 5
    # chkconfig –list xinetd
  • Enable rsync
    # vi /etc/xinetd.d/rsync
    Change disable = yes into disable = no
  • Create username and password for rsync client to use
    # vi /etc/rsyncd.secrets
    adminname:hispassword
  • Create configuration and shares for rsync daemon
    # vi /etc/rsyncd.conf
    max connections = 2
    log file = /var/log/rsync.log
    timeout = 300

    [shares]
    comment = shared data stored here
    path = /home/adminname/shares
    read only = false # chg to true if you want read only
    list = yes
    uid = adminname
    gid = adminname
    auth users = adminname
    secrets file = /etc/rsyncd.secrets
    hosts allow = 10.10.105.0/24

  • Secure /etc/rsyncd.*
    # chown root.root /etc/rsyncd.*
    # chmod 600 /etc/rsyncd.*
  • Restart xinetd
    # service xinetd restart
  • Make sure rsync now running
    # chkconfig –list
  • Perhaps you also want to enable port 873 tcp and udp on your firewall so other can connect to your server
  • A good windows client if you intend using it from windown is DeltaCopy http://www.aboutmyip.com/AboutMyXApp/DeltaCopyDownloadInstaller.jsp

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