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    2008 Server Backup

    Got a 2008 Server running here where a few users store files. Does anyone know of a software that can pick selected files / folders and back them up to a different server or drive daily? Ideally that I can schedule too.
    Windows backup on 2008 only does the whole disk, I need to select particular files and folders.

    Would prefer real life experience rather than "I found this on Google" type reply if possible .

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    I've used symantec backup exec for a while and it's OK. Today I'm going to have a conference call with Novastor and get a trial of their software. They are offering good pricing right now for switching from backup exec...so I should have a report on that soon as well.

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    Carbonite. 60.00 a year.

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    wbadmin is what 2008 backup actually uses. You can script and schedule backups, and individual folders.
    For example: wbadmin start backup -backuptarget:b: -include:c:\folderyouwanttobackup
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/m.../dd767786.aspx and http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...8WS.10%29.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by 74AD View Post
    I've used symantec backup exec for a while and it's OK. Today I'm going to have a conference call with Novastor and get a trial of their software. They are offering good pricing right now for switching from backup exec...so I should have a report on that soon as well.
    Thanks AD but a bit expensive for our needs. Would be interested to hear what you think of Novastor.

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    Carbonite. 60.00 a year.
    All cloud? I think our IT would break my b*lls if I took over the outside line.

    Quote Originally Posted by emr View Post
    wbadmin is what 2008 backup actually uses. You can script and schedule backups, and individual folders.
    For example: wbadmin start backup -backuptarget:b: -include:c:\folderyouwanttobackup
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/m.../dd767786.aspx and http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...8WS.10%29.aspx
    Sounds like a plan. Can I somehow get that into s script that can be scheduled to run every other night?

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    you can also just robocopy stuff too. I do all our nas and external hard drive backups using robocopy

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    Quote Originally Posted by 74AD View Post
    you can also just robocopy stuff too. I do all our nas and external hard drive backups using robocopy
    Will Robocopy also copy files with specific user rights on them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazzak View Post
    Will Robocopy also copy files with specific user rights on them?
    yes. I believe the switch is /SEC to retain the NTFS security permissions. I don't use that switch but I have heard that it works as anticipated. there's lots of robocopy documentation on the interwebs.

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    This is a great topic because it's something I'm working on too. I have 2 main servers that used to be on 2003. Now one is on 2008 R2 and the other is on 2012 R2. I've been experimenting with different things but haven't found a good solution yet. The wbadmin thing sounds interesting. I'm just clicking on the GUI icon at the moment creating a backup of the whole drive. But it's overkill and actually fails too often. Now I'm trying this one called "fdisk" which seems pretty good.

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    Thanks for the info chaps, I'll be having a good play tomorrow.

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