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    Quote Originally Posted by jsnetman View Post
    Backup Assist is a good one and really cheap and does exactly what its supposed to do, £139.
    Yeah Backup Assist is a nice program. It uses NTBackup (when on Server 2003) to do it's backing up, but you get a much more advanced interface for dealing with and setting up your backups. It's got some extra features like Exchange and SQL support that work very well also. When we bought a few licences last summer it was about £59 per basic license (educational discount), then for specific add ons like SQL it's a bit extra.

    It might be worth a try to see if it gives your NTBackup the kick up the backside that it seems to need. They do a fully functional 30 day trial btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Modey View Post
    Yeah Backup Assist is a nice program. It uses NTBackup (when on Server 2003) to do it's backing up, but you get a much more advanced interface for dealing with and setting up your backups. It's got some extra features like Exchange and SQL support that work very well also. When we bought a few licences last summer it was about £59 per basic license (educational discount), then for specific add ons like SQL it's a bit extra.

    It might be worth a try to see if it gives your NTBackup the kick up the backside that it seems to need. They do a fully functional 30 day trial btw.
    Sorry if this is going back a bit...we are looking at BackupAssist and it looks quite good. Got the free trial, but a bit confused about the licensing.

    Does anyone know if we will need a license for every server we are backing up + SQL or just the server where the software sits?

    Sorry if that sounds a bit dim, but I am really not sure!

    Any help appreciated.

    Andrew

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    dpm 2010 is £12 a pop if on microsoft agreement

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    @adhutton: You only license for the server the software runs from and for each type of thing it backs up for instance you can backup multiple file servers, if you have the SQL option you can backup multiple SQL servers etc..



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    We use the open source amanda network backup, Amanda Network Backup: Open Source Backup for Linux, Windows, UNIX and OS X for our backups of *nix, and windows servers, to a *nix file server, and tape at the same time. Took a little while to figure out the configuration, but now it's up and running, it's working really well. We went for this as it uses native backup formats tar and dump which means we can extract the backups on any machine.

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    We use BackupAssist here and have found it very reliable. You can't knock £83 for a piece of backup software. Their support documentation is also very comprehensive and has helped me when we had to do a full restore of a 2008 server.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wesleyw View Post
    @adhutton: You only license for the server the software runs from and for each type of thing it backs up for instance you can backup multiple file servers, if you have the SQL option you can backup multiple SQL servers etc..

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    Yes and No actually have a look at BackupAssist Windows Backup Software for small to medium businesses - Frequently Asked Questions and it tells you what you can do with a single licence, if you want to backup the machine state you have to have a copy of backupassist on those actual machines, if all you want to backup is files then yes you can use one server to backup everything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Yes and No actually have a look at BackupAssist Windows Backup Software for small to medium businesses - Frequently Asked Questions and it tells you what you can do with a single licence, if you want to backup the machine state you have to have a copy of backupassist on those actual machines, if all you want to backup is files then yes you can use one server to backup everything else.

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    Ok, let me check my understanding then. We were intending to install BackupAssist on one server and have it backup other servers, including system state, and copy the files to a NAS. We will also need to backup open files and an SQL server as well.

    If we have 6 servers in total, I will need to purchase 6 copies (licenses) of the core BackupAssist application, 6 copies of the Open Files Add-on and 1 copy of the SQL server add-on?? Is that right?

    Cheers - Andrew

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    You don't need the open files addon as it will use the vss open files engine to backup those but yes your other assumptions are correct.

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