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    Looking for a reliable backup software for Windows network

    Hi!

    I'm looking for a reliable backup software.
    We have 20+ workstations and 3 servers. The goal is to backup user data (documents, mails, etc.), MySQL databases. If software is able create system images that will be great.

    My boss declined my suggestion to keep backups on tape, so we will use a NAS as a storage.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Mike_tech. You don't happen to work for Handy Backup Software do you? Four of your ten posts mention it.

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    I've heard this backup software is good, but I've never used it - Zmanda: The Leader in Open Source Backup & Cloud Backup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geek12 View Post
    The goal is to backup user data (documents, mails, etc.), MySQL databases.
    rsync works on Windows, just use that to sync a copy of your server's harddrive to your NAS. If your NAS can't act directly as an rsync server (and some can, e.g. QNAP) then you should still be able to rsync to a simple share on your NAS. .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Mike_tech. You don't happen to work for Handy Backup Software do you? Four of your ten posts mention it.
    Dunno, but his IP resolves to Russia!! Banned for stealth spamming over a period of time.

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    I'm just looking into backup software for my new tape library and looking like CA's Arcsoft could come out top, its pricing is excellent for everything I get compared to Backup-Exec, I just need to eval the software now and see what happens but it certainly looks worth the money and it works with all the VM stuff on the market directly unlike most others that don't acknowledge Citrix

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    Quote Originally Posted by geek12 View Post
    Hi!

    I'm looking for a reliable backup software.
    We have 20+ workstations and 3 servers. The goal is to backup user data (documents, mails, etc.), MySQL databases. If software is able create system images that will be great.

    My boss declined my suggestion to keep backups on tape, so we will use a NAS as a storage.

    Thank you in advance!
    What happens if your building burns down and the NAS goes with it?!

    I always have 2 backup plans in place, I use Backup Exec to Tape then the job duplicate's B2D - Tapes go off-site every week.

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    We use Backup Exec 2010 but with the agent cost etc not sure if this will be too expensive / overkill?

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    I wrote my own script using rar, and run it using scheduled tasks onto external usb harddrives - one drive per day.
    Mon-Thurs just backup the essentials (word,excel etc) and fridays is everything as it takes a while to run.
    (This backs up user homefolders on the server as well as other essential folders)
    In addition to this i do a baremetal backup for the servers every month onto another usb harddrive.
    So far so good, even restored files without issues.

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    For quick backups just use a large USB drive attached to the server using the normal "windows backup". This is good enough for our usual "help I deleted a file yesterday" restores and may well be good enough for a bare metal restore (it worked when tested). We also backup our servers to an openfiler NAS located in another building using BackupAssist - I use the mailbox and SQL options.

    Dont forget to TEST your restore - especially a bare metal restore (try using a workstation - a backup solution you choose SHOULD be able to restore to different hardware)

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