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    Good morning guys

    I have recently installed a new server 2008 R2 AD/DNS/DHCP server. Unlike to old NT backup software of server 2000/03 the new server backup utility isn't that nice

    can anybody perhaps recommend a server backup software that is
    1. easy to install/ use
    2. can backup systems state
    3. relative value for money


    thanks

    H

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    Re: Server backup software

    Windows Server Backup is pretty un-intuitive compared to NTBackup, but it will do everything you want.

    Backup Assist is a good and relatively cheap option. Symantec Backup Exec is probably the most common product, but the current version is (in my experience) just about the worst piece of software I have ever used.
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    • #3
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      I second backup assist. It's reasonable prices - between $99-$300 depending what you need.

      Personally I use rsync standalone and back everything up to remote rsync servers running Ubuntu (rsync works out of the box), but you can also backup straight to amazon aws I believe, or of course with the full version you can backup to disk and so on.

      Also backup assist has great reporting, can back up exchange and even individual mailboxes.
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      • #4
        Re: Server backup software

        thanks guys

        I assume Backup assist is working great with server 2008 R2 ?
        And it can do system state backups?

        thanks for the postings

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        • #5
          Re: Server backup software

          Originally posted by henkl View Post
          thanks guys

          I assume Backup assist is working great with server 2008 R2 ?
          And it can do system state backups?

          thanks for the postings
          Yes, it works great with 2008 R2, and 2012 for that matter.

          Im pretty sure it does do system state backups, and it does image backups as well I beleive.

          BUT I dont think you can do those with rsync. In my case, I only use rsync standalone, and I use just for data and mailstore.
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          • #6
            Re: Server backup software

            As I understand it BackupAssist sits on top of Windows Server Backup, so can do pretty much everything it can. The only weakness IMO of BackupAssist is that it can't backup remote servers at present although apparently that feature is coming.
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            • #7
              Re: Server backup software

              Yes, remote backup would be good.
              David Silvester
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              • #8
                Re: Server backup software

                Good day everyone

                Thanks for the feedback. I have downloaded a free copy of Backup Assist and will give it a go.

                I will in time provide some feedback.
                Best regards

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                • #9
                  Re: Server backup software

                  Hi guys

                  Just to give some final feedback on the Backup Assist. it does systems state backups by enabling it under settings tab
                  I have downloaded the demo version and did some real benchmark testing. The software is really great and is so user friendly. File/ Folders as well as System protection works like a breeze. Restoring is so easy and convenient. Wizards for setup of backup jobs are excellent. The best of all is the price. Real value for money. Thanks to the members that recommended this product. I can also agree- it just works great!

                  Best regards
                  Henkl

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