Rsync data from TrueNas to Synology - Prepare TrueNAS
This is the second part of the series:
- Rsync data from TrueNas to Synology - Synology Setup
- Rsync data from TrueNas to Synology - Prepare TrueNAS - this one
- Rsync data from TrueNas to Synology - Back Up the Data
Here, I'll assume a vanilla install of TrueNAS, with some data to be backed up. If you feel you already went through some of the steps, feel free to skip them :-)
Enable the rsync Service
First, we need to enable the rsync service. Go to the
System settings - Services from the menu:
Here, you find the rsync service:
Enable it if it's not already enabled, and make sure it's started automatically. I have left the configuration with its defaults:
- Configure tab:
- Rsync Module tab:
I have created a rsync user from
Credentials - Local Users menu:
It belongs by default to the
rsync group. You can add other groups too:
I have added other relevent groups like
media (where i keep photos),
dbackup (where i have backups from the various services intalled).
Note: Set up
bash as shell and remember its password.
Generate ss h keys
Once the user is created, we can generate the public/private keys. We'll use this to allow the srync process to connect to Synology without a passowrd.
As these are command line instructions, open the shell terminal via
System Settings - Shell menu and type
Now, you're logged in as the
rsync user. Now you can generate the public/private key pair:
Link to Synology
Now that we have the publik key, we need to transfer it to Synoloys's
rsync user. First we log in normally, to make it known:
ssh [email protected]
If this is the first time you connect to the Synology machine as
rsync, you'll be asked to accept the key fingerprint. Type
yes (you actually need to type
You can continue logging in with the password of the
rsync user on the remote (Synology) machine, to make sure all is OK.
Exit the ssh connection and type:
ssh-copy-id [email protected]
Enter the password one last time.
Now, when you try to
ssh on the remote machine, you won't need to type in the password.
You can also copy the public key into the
rsync user's configuration:
Now, the preliminary setup is done. Woo-hoo!