You are Same here…but I’ve been doing this 24 years. I CAN do it (great reference info from your notes thx) too. I learned about 10 years ago, I CAN do anything…but me having the time to do it is another thing. I manage over 600 machines across hundreds of different clients/networks behind different NAT’s/dynamic IP’s etc, so I don’t have the time to dedicate for ten’s of custom config management items.
Good point on the CIFS, but CIFS is network connections. For an external HDD, that should be able to replicate the same symlinks onto an external NTFS/XFS/btfrs file system.
I’m certain others will want more features, and if you have work to implement the feature request then thinking of an architecture that will support those in future is a good thing.
Fundamentally this feature request is about replicating any/all backups (file/image) to a 2nd local direct attached storage that will handle the symlinks. Why? Restoring 1TB of data from a backup from a locally USB attached/internal HDD is faster than an internet based server that is restricted to internet file transfer speeds.
I should be able to tell someone to plug a drive into a PC and configure a backup config. I should be able to select a local source when starting a restore option of file/image. KISS (Keep It Simple…)