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    Backup Server 2012 now completely useless!

    I know Windows Server Backup (2012) is only a last resort but I though it would do to back up a simple server we're using for testing. Backing up to any of our OpenFiler NAS boxes results in the nonsensical error ' the version does not support this version of the file format' which seems to mean it won't access linux based SMB shares.

    Backup up the 70Gb System to an empty 500gb USB hard drive results in the error 'There is not enough space on the media'

    Bring back NTBackup, clunky and awkward but it worked every time! Now I'll have to shell out some cash just to buy some backup software that works.

    Anyone got an recommendations for a simple cheap backup solution that works with Server 2012 and can access NAS style SMB shares?
    Last edited by Sheridan; 4th December 2013 at 09:33 AM.

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    BackupAssist, although I just set up a backup on my new 2012 R2 SCCM box to an SMB NAS with no issues. Don't remember doing anything in particular to it!

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    Write a batch file to robocopy stuff over? Not much of an interface, but it does work, and is quick. We use it for file server backups onto USB HDD Monday to Thursday.

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    macrium reflect though it dosent like refs (in hindsight shouldnt of used refs as lots of things dont seem happy about it)

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    Robocopy might do it, althought I'd have to script the credentials for the NAS box in there somehow (it uses AD authentication)

    Server Backup just won't write to any of our 3 NAS boxes, two of which are Openfiler and one is an old Netgear NAS - same error though. And also fails on a new Buffalo nas - 'not enough space etc'

    Utterly useless bit of software really!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheridan View Post
    Backing up to any of our OpenFiler NAS boxes results in the nonsensical error ' the version does not support this version of the file format' which seems to mean it won't access linux based SMB shares.
    Run rsync from any of your OpenFiler machines? Mount the C$ share of your server on OpenFiler, run rsync - easy enough from the command line, and OpenFiler's user interface might even have an option to do it, if you're lucky.

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    Openfiler can do iscsi, just use that and propper ntfs, the issue is that Linux emulates ntfs badly on ext3/4/whatever. Just offer raw storage as iscsi and your backups will work with whatever. Probably faster too.

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    Another fan of BackupAssist here - we run it on our 2012 boxes and have zero issues now (there were some teething problems at first, but they've been worked out).

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    +1 for backupassist, does everything we want it to do for next to nothing. Try the 30-Day full featured trial, then dump it or buy it.

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    BAassist here too....

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    Oddly I managed to get it to backup to the nas box once - using selected folders. Running it again simply results in the error 'The File Exists'

    I only want to back up selected folders on this, but I do want to set it and forget it which is not going to be the case with Windows backup.

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