Computers are imperfect devices. Hard disk failures are particularly troublesome because your data are at risk. The usual protection against data loss is backups—storing copies of the data on a medium other than the main hard disk, ideally one that can be removed from the computer and stored in a safe, or even off-site. Unfortunately, although backing up a single computer usually isn’t too difficult, backing up all the computers on a network can be quite a challenge. One tool that can help you overcome this challenge is Samba, and this chapter is devoted to Samba and its role in performing backups.
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