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    Alternatives to Backup Exec

    We are moving to Windows Server 2008 R2 over the summer but only have BackupExec 10d which has always served us well. We now find that it wont work with 2008. We cant afford to upgrade to 12.5/2010 version. Does anyone know of any cheaper/free alternatives out there. I would prefer something that works with Tapes.

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    Worked at another school and they had yosemite backup for server which seemed quite good :

    http://www.barracudaware.com/

    Yosemite Server Backup - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    There is a list of backing up software below

    List of backup software - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    DPM 2010 is awesome and dirt cheap of volume licening

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    Quote Originally Posted by irsprint84 View Post
    DPM 2010 is awesome and dirt cheap of volume licening
    Not sure if it was yourself that mentioned that on edugeek on another thread but that seemed to be pretty good - any link(s) to the manufacturers website for this backup software / package ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Worked at another school and they had yosemite backup for server which seemed quite good :

    BarracudaWare / Yosemite Technologies

    Yosemite Server Backup - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    There is a list of backing up software below

    List of backup software - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    just been installing microsoft dpm 2010 software but its not friendly for single server environment as it will not easily install on domain control as i have found to my joy... am getting it sorted but...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Worked at another school and they had yosemite backup for server which seemed quite good :

    BarracudaWare / Yosemite Technologies

    Yosemite Server Backup - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    There is a list of backing up software below

    List of backup software - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Thanks - I looked at the wiki article but wanted some feedback on what people use out there. I will look at Yosemite and DPM but any other suggestions and experiences welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordasb View Post
    just been installing microsoft dpm 2010 software but its not friendly for single server environment as it will not easily install on domain control as i have found to my joy... am getting it sorted but...
    You quoted my above post that was in relation to yosemite ( barracudaware ) not DPM, I've not used DPM but heard a lot of good things about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Not sure if it was yourself that mentioned that on edugeek on another thread but that seemed to be pretty good - any link(s) to the manufacturers website for this backup software / package ?
    I quack on about it all the time! would never go back to anything else 'Data Protection Manager 2010' Microsoft System Center: Data Protection Manager

    Its 12 a server so youhave 200 instances of sql, 40 sharepoint on on server and still 12 no random application licences

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordasb View Post
    just been installing microsoft dpm 2010 software but its not friendly for single server environment as it will not easily install on domain control as i have found to my joy... am getting it sorted but...
    Yeah its for a large multiple server environment. If I had single domain I would use windows backup and scripting SQL if you had that or better yet I would VM the server up and backup the VM

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    I found DPM to be poor, I'm not surprised it's so cheap. Could not get it to work with our tape autoloader which was on the DPM compatible hardware list. I had to revert back to BE10 in the end, hope to go BE2010 in the summer.

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    Yosemite has an 80 day trial - give it a test run and see what you think ?

    How much are they asking to upgrade or stay with backup exec ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    Yosemite has an 80 day trial - give it a test run and see what you think ?

    How much are they asking to upgrade or stay with backup exec ?
    Not sure if this was directed at me. In case it was...

    The only thing it seems to be missing for me is VMware infrastructure, but for a third of the cost of BE2010, perhaps it's worth living without that functionality.

    Admittedly DPM didn't have it either.

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    Using DPM 2010. It's alright, not the worst but certainly no where near the best. Main fault its got is a max of 64 backups when using HDs - wtf, so I can have 2 months of daily backups or a year of weekly backups, but not a combination of the 2*

    * It can be achived but requires double the disk space, and when you have a few TBs of data... I thought the reason people are moving to HDs is because they are cheaper than tapes - well not when you need double.

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    I tried DPM before going back to Backup Exec 2010. We were in the same boat. We had moved over to 2008 R2 over the summer and needed a backup solution as backup exec was the last resort. I had tried all the above which have been mentioned plus a lot more but we backup to a NAS box rather than a tape and nothing apart from Backup Exec would backup to it so we had to buy new licences for backup exec as there was no upgrade path from 12 to 2010 and to be fair i haven't looked back.

    Have you thought about looking at the windows server vackup tool. They have vastly improved it but it depends what you are wanting to backup.

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    CA's ArcServe is really nice and I am starting to enjoy it more now It works great with NAS and AutoLoaders and a lot cheaper than Symantec BackupExec

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