Browseable Online Backup System (BOBS) is a complete online backup system. It uses large disks for storing backups and lets users browse and restore the files using a webbrowser.
Files are fetched from other computers and stored in directories on the computer where bobs is installed.
Two types of file stores are used:
"Current" is the files from the remote computer as they were the last time the backup was run.
"Incremental" is the files that are deleted or changed on the remote server.
When a backup is run the files that have changed or have been deleted are moved to the "incoming" dir. From here they are tagged with a date and moved to the "incremental" dir.
If a user deletes or corrupts a file and need it restored they can do this by opening a browser (any browser which supports frames should be fine) and pointing it at the
backupserver where bobs is installed.
On the backupserver they can login in using a password defined by the admin. For clarity that should be the same as the one they use on the server where the file
they deleted or corrupted is/are located.
Users can browse, search and select files to restore. They cannot see the contents of the files. Only name, date and size.
When they have found the files they need and added them to the restore list, they activate the restore process and wait for files to be transferred to their server where they can access them as they would any other files.