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    Server 2008 Backups

    I'm trying to find a suitable backup regime since moving to Server 2008 - what do you guys do?

    We used to use NTBackup (scripted via BackupAssist) to take a weekly full and daily incremental backup to NAS (with a weekly off-site backup), however that doesn't work on S2008, as the Windows Server Backup can't do incremental backups and wants to overwrite the previous day's full backup each time (which doesn't help as people aren't that quick in noticing/reporting that they need a file back). Initially, I thought that volume shadow copies on the files would be sufficient, but that only helps with amended files, not ones which have been deleted.

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    Lots of good solutions to this, a search on here will bring up a wealth of options for you. We use robocopy, with simple batch files pointing to NAS boxes. Scheduled Tasks runs the batch file, and the backup updates the previous one for that day (/MIR). Fast, has been reliable and trustworthy for six years now.

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    That is still taking a full backup each day though, isn't it? I don't have the time or space to run full backups every night, hence my previous use of incremental backups.

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    robocopy with /mir only copies whats changed so if nobody does any work on friday fridays backup will run quickly if someones thrown 300gb of movies at the server it wont.

    for everything but c drive i tend to robocopy it off to a nas box. c drive i use macrium fairly cheap and seems to work

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    Thanks, I'll look into that then...

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    I use CA ArcServe Backup on my 2008 R2 servers. Been something I had introduced a bit back to me when it was already in situ at an office I started at, and I've stuck with it since as it's worked everytime I've need to access something from it (which reminds me, as I don't have the money for a tape library, I need to change the tape in it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by soveryapt View Post
    I use CA ArcServe Backup on my 2008 R2 servers.
    Pricey, isn't it...

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    We use Symantec BackUp Exec on all of our servers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    That is still taking a full backup each day though, isn't it?
    As sted says, /MIR makes it incremental - I use robocopy to backup my home and work PCs too (as my user folder is local) and very little changes day to day, it's extremely fast even with 100s of GB to run through.

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    Another vote for Robocopy. Another option is to use wbadmin to script Windows Server Backup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYSMAN_MK View Post
    Another option is to use wbadmin to script Windows Server Backup.
    Would that enable incremental backups?

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    W2K8 Server is incremental be design.

    Quote Originally Posted by TechNet
    Improved performance and use of incremental backups
    Windows Server Backup, by default, creates incremental backups that function like full backups (you can recover any item from a single backup, but the backup will only occupy space needed for an incremental backup). All file/folder backups (except the first one) are incremental backups where only the changed files are read and transferred to the backup storage location. In addition, Windows Server Backup does not require user intervention to periodically delete older backups to free disk space for newer backups—older backups are deleted automatically.
    What's New in Windows Server Backup in Windows Server 2008 R2

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYSMAN_MK View Post
    W2K8 Server is incremental be design.
    Okay, so how do I use it to go back and recover a file which someone deleted last Friday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    Okay, so how do I use it to go back and recover a file which someone deleted last Friday?
    for something like that (ok hindsights 20/20) id enable shadow copies then you can just right click a folder and go to a previous version). With incremental (defo robocopy) if user deletes a file on wednesday says nowt till monday and the backup happens on sunday its gone from the backup as well (which is why multiple backups are handy i tend on user areas to do mon/wed/fri each with their own backup folder

    heres my script for what its worth

    Code:
    echo job started >>"\\nasbox\backup\Robocopy\users\mon\log.txt"
    time /t >>"\\nasbox\backup\Robocopy\users\mon\log.txt" 
    date /t >>"\\nasbox\backup\Robocopy\users\mon\log.txt" 
    robocopy d:\users "\\nasbox\backup\Robocopy\users\mon" /copyall /mir /r:2 /w:5
    echo job finished >>"\\nasbox\backup\Robocopy\users\mon\log.txt"
    time /t >>"\\nasbox\backup\Robocopy\users\mon\log.txt" 
    date /t >>"\\nasbox\backup\Robocopy\users\mon\log.txt" 
    echo. >>"\\nasbox\backup\Robocopy\users\mon\log.txt"

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    Duplicati is quite a good back up tool you can backup to skydrive, S3 and Dropbox

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