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    Backup Software Suggestions

    I need some help with some suggestions for Backup Software please.
    I know there was a similar thread a while back (Backup Software) which gave some suggestions, but I need some more details please.

    We currently have:

    1x Windows Server 2008 DC
    [Would need to backup system state etc...]

    1x Exchange Server 2007 on Windows Server 2008
    [Would need to back Mailbox Store]

    1x EduAdmin Server (Our School DB system)
    [Would need to back a single folder (files are stored as .db files on the HDD)]

    1x FileServer
    [Would need to backup multiple directorys & files]

    1x SQLServer
    [Would need to make SQLServer Backups]

    Ideally I would like to backup to a shared HDD on the network (which would be mirrored with another one offsite)
    BackupNT used to be perfect, unfortunatly Windows Server Backup doesn't do selected folder backup, it seems to be all or nothing.

    I spoke to a supplier for Symantec Backup Exec, the quote they sent me was quite expensive, but also included quite a few things, most of which I don't understand:

    1x -Symantec Backup Exec 12.5 Media Kit
    1x -SYMC BACKUP EXEC SYSTEM RECOVERY SERVER 8.5 WIN ML CD MEDIAKIT
    1x -SYMC BACKUP EXEC AGENT FOR MSFT ACTIVE DIRECTORY 12.5 WINPER DOMAIN CONTROLLER BNDL STD LIC ACAD BAND S BASIC 12MO
    1x -SYMC BACKUP EXEC AGENT FOR MSFT EXCHANGE 12.5 WIN PERSERVER BNDL STD LIC ACAD BAND S BASIC 12MO
    1x - SYMC BACKUP EXEC AGENT FOR MSFT SQL 12.5 WIN PER SERVER BNDLSTD LIC ACAD BAND S BASIC 12MO
    2x -SYMC BACKUP EXEC AGENT FOR WINDOWS SYSTEMS 12.5 WIN PERSERVER BNDL STD LIC ACAD BAND S BASIC 12MO
    1x -SYMC BACKUP EXEC SERVER 12.5 WIN PER SERVER BNDL STD LICACAD BAND S BASIC 12MO
    1x -SYMC BACKUP EXEC SYSTEM RECOVERY SERVER 8.5 WIN PER SERVERBNDL STD LIC ACAD BAND S BASIC 12MO

    What the heck is all this stuff? The quote adds up to 3500 GBP!
    This seems a bit excess for something that the built in NTBackup used to do for free?

    Does anybody have any other suggestions? Anybody used:

    Yosemite Backup Unlimited?

    Thanks guys, any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Take a look at R1Soft we are using it to backup all our servers, no complaints so far!

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    back for workgroups..trialing this at the mo - seems to be doing the trick.
    oh it generates a disaster recovery plan for you too

    We moved from BExec for this reason !!!

    We have had it here for yonks, the updated version allowed more fancy things but the cost is sky high..

    HTH

    STariq

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    We use Acronis True Image Server - it's brilliant. Never had any problems.

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    How about looking at ROBOCOPY . give me a PM if you want to know anything else but it works for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stariq View Post
    back for workgroups..trialing this at the mo - seems to be doing the trick.
    oh it generates a disaster recovery plan for you too

    We moved from BExec for this reason !!!

    We have had it here for yonks, the updated version allowed more fancy things but the cost is sky high..

    HTH

    STariq
    I've been looking at the specs etc on the their website and it does actually seem to bw what I'm looking for, relatively simply, not that expensive.
    One question tho, you can set it to just backup specific files can't you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smadison View Post
    How about looking at ROBOCOPY . give me a PM if you want to know anything else but it works for us.
    That's actually not a bad idea, but how do you handle the backups for your Domain Controller?

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    hey carl that r1 stuff looks pretty gnarly - thanks for the tip mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by stariq View Post
    back for workgroups..trialing this at the mo - seems to be doing the trick.
    oh it generates a disaster recovery plan for you too

    We moved from BExec for this reason !!!

    We have had it here for yonks, the updated version allowed more fancy things but the cost is sky high..

    HTH

    STariq
    We previously used to use BFW (Backup for Workgroups) - never again. I've got 10 spare licences you can have for a very good price.

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    On my basic servers i use backupassist (an easy to use) frount to windows backups.

    >> BackupAssist Backup Software - backup software for Windows servers, tape backup software, exchange server backup, sql server backup, internet Rsync backup, image backup

    On the main PDC and BDC where i might need to restore individual users files I use BackupExec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSNM-Carl View Post
    We previously used to use BFW (Backup for Workgroups) - never again. I've got 10 spare licences you can have for a very good price.
    Why CSNM-Carl? What was wrong with it?

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    Can you put a price on good backup and DR software?

    BESR 8.5 is available in a 5 server starter pack at educational pricing you should not pay more than 2500

    That will cover 5 servers, let you restore to file level in seconds.
    Restore an entire server from bare metal.
    Restore a server to different hardware.
    Restore a server to a Virtual Hard Disk image for use on a VM.
    Restore a single file to a sharepoint server.
    Restore a single email to an exchange user.

    Yes there are a lot of cheaper ways to do it but at least I can sleep easy without a care.
    Here is the link to the BESR system Backup Exec System Recovery 8.5 | Symantec
    Take a few minutes to watch the video.

    I have never looked back after using this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSNM-Carl View Post
    Take a look at R1Soft we are using it to backup all our servers, no complaints so far!
    THanks for that post carl - I'd seen them before but lost the link.

    Anyone else have any experience with this one? Looks very good from hitting their website.

    Also wondering if the client agents are locked or if it's possible to switch between windows and linux with the licenses as need changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kesomir View Post
    Anyone else have any experience with this one? Looks very good from hitting their website.

    Hi Kesomir,

    I am currently testing out this software - i am pretty impressed with the model as it is.

    The interface seems to be counter-intuitive (for me anyway) at first interaction - however after a bit of a play i found it actually does make alot of sense.

    Pricing alone makes this a very valid option.

    I am yet to test the linux agent.

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    @ Nick Parker - you can save individual files with backup for work groups

    HTH

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