I purchased a 4TB mycloud to use as a repository for unattended network backups from Linux and Windows PCs on my home LAN. I am currently experimenting with Clonezilla and rsync on my Centos 7 linux server; Windows Server Backup on Windows Server 2008 R2 server; and Acronis ATH 2010 from my Windows 7 desktop.
From the architecture of WD’s software products, I get the impression that the intended usage of the WDmycloud device is for remote internet access versus my desired internal usage as a LAN-based NAS. To protect against unintended access from the internet through the router, I disabled cloud access in mycloud settings and this appears to be working.
However, I am having trouble coming up with a simple system of network shares and users that will accommodate the diversity of operating system platforms and backup software among the attached PCs and servers on the network. In this regard, I have a couple of questions:
I understand that the internal mycloud o/s is linux, and root shares created from the mycloud admin dashboard can be tagged “nfs” for use by linux client mounts, but can mycloud root “shares” be “shared” between Linux and Windows clients? For example, can the directory structure be //mycloud/backups/linux/ and //mycloud/backups/windows/ rather than //mycloud/linuxbackups/ and //mycloud/windowsbackups/ ? My uninformed inclination would be to minimize the number of root shares on the mycloud device, but I don’t know if this is necessary or advisable.
I assume that other owners are using the WD mycloud to back up diverse PC network clients, and wonder what mix of backup software is being used to accomplish this? Acronis ATH 2010 seems to work fine from my Windows 7 desktop, and I made one Windows Server Backup from the Windows Server 2008 R2 machine, but I am having problems with FreeFileSync (uses SFTP) and WDsync from Windows Server 2008 R2 machine. I have not gotten to the point of backing up the Centos 7 server, but am looking at Clonezilla for disk images and rsync for file archives.
Thanks for any advice.