I'm planning to install Ubuntu as a WindowsDualBoot and the WindowsDualBoot guide says that I need to do a backup. I was thinking of using the Ubuntu Server as a backup hosting but I'm not so sure. I dont have much knowlege in the Linux OS let alone Ubuntu as I'm only going to use Ubuntu for my coding os and as a seperation from my misc stuff on my windows 7. I'm thinking of using Amanda as well but i have absolutely no idea what they are.
If you are going to install a dual boot system for the first time make sure you have the windows install disk for your machine. Use the windows built in backup system (I think it saves things to DVD). Although it has been a good few moons since my first install of a dual boot system here is my method:
Go down to the local village computer shop and buy a hard drive. It's worth it for the extra space, drives get bigger all the time.
Remove your old hard drive (this is now a windows backup) and fit the new one in its place. Install windows on it and THEN Linux.
Check this works as a dual boot system.
Do it again because you made a mess of things, drink coffee/red bull, try again.
Install your old drive as a second hard drive and copy across any of the required old windows files.
If anything goes wrong, you make a mistake or want to change something you can disconnect your old drive, scrub the new drive and start again.
If you do not like Ubuntu you can just put the old drive back and format the new one as drive D:
If you are thinking of installing for the first time on a laptop DONT! Use a USB drive.
I know people will be shouting that Ubuntu is easy to install but I SNAFUed so many machines when I started that this is the method I now use if the machine is important.
for this purpose I think Amanda is a bit overkill. Amanda is a tool for taking automatic backups of 1 or 100+ servers daily. what you need for this purpose is simply a backup of the files you can not replace.
so, if you have files in dropbox, or if you email yourself files, or if you copy it to a USB drive, does not matter.. the point is that if you totally break your windows install by mistake, then you want to get the files back that you can not simply download. (so no need to backup firefox, and windows and such), but DO back up your own home made files such as word files, pictures, videos etc.
you said that you would like to use a linux box to backup, and that is possible, the quickest way is probably to install Samba on linux, that way you can share a disk that windows can easily see.. then you can copy all the files you want to backup to this Samba shared folder.
to install Samba on a ubuntu (and probably debian) do following:
Then setup the smb.conf file like this: (assuming desktop, if a server use pico or vi instead of gedit).
find this part:
uncomment the security line like this
and below that add a line like this:
then crete a user for samba
then add a user to smbuser file (again use favorite editor)
add a line with format =""
then you must setup a shared folder (using your fav editor)
find and edit like this:
Now that your home folder is mapped to samba, it is time to go to windows, and map this shared folder so you can use it in windows.
typically an ip address such like this:
(replace with your own ip (of the ubuntu server) and your username that you created earlier.
I think I understand the confusion.
You must back up BEFORE installing Ubuntu. As Ubuntu is not installed then the answer is no, you can not back up windows to it as Ubuntu is not there yet.
As a dual boot system has windows and Ubuntu on the same drive (once you have installed it) your backup files will be on the same drive as your original files. If the drive fails then you lose everything. Backups must be to another drive/CD and then put away, that way if your computer catches fire or gets hit by a truck you still have the data.
I hope that helps.