Backup scheduling & type

Okay, I am trying to set up a backup solution that will create the following schedule & backup names (based on day of the month).  I basically need to know if someone knows of a software suite that is fairly cheap that can take software from a server and 4 desktops (all drives will be mapped) & place them on an external firewire drive (E: drive) for safe keeping.  Basically I would like to either create a backup folder for each of the below:

Day:             Occurence:          Name of folder:
Monday:       (weekly)               (Mon)
Tuesday:      (weekly)               (Tue)
Wednesday: (weekly)               (Wed)
Thursday:     (weekly)               (Thurs)
Friday:          (weekly)               (Friday)
Saturday:      (weekly)              (week)
Sunday:        (montly)               (Month)

Basically I need to get those over-written each time.  The only thing that I could think of was software that could schedule 7 different jobs to run based on those occurences & set the location to the correct folder based on day.  Anyone know of a software suite that will do that? I would prefer that it not be compressed as my preference would be for it to be easily accessible should the server go down.   I will be running this on a basic Windows 2000 workstation with nothing else loaded.

Thanks ahead of time for your suggestions
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When you uncompressed are you thinking just a copy?
use the task scheduler to run 7 batch jobs
xcopy x:\*.* e:\mon\server\  /s /y
xcopy y:\my documents\*.* e:\mon\pc1\my documents\  /s /y
xcopy y:\outlook\*.* e:\mon\pc1\outlook\  /s /y
xcopy y:\my dvd rips\*.* e:\mon\pc1\my dvd rips\  /s /y
xcopy y:\kazaa\*.* e:\mon\pc1\kazaa\  /s /y


note there will be a buildup of files deleted on the worksations
and this doesn't address any sort of disaster recovery

any sort of backup software is going to create a proprietary file that would require restoring the files with the application.

you could also look at commercial products like
Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
hi rustyrpage,

You can try using Veritas NTBackup wich comes with windows, but for better results I suggest you use Veritas Backup Exec 8.6 or 9.0 pretty expensive, but you really get what you've paid for.


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rustyrpageAuthor Commented:
chicagoan:  How would that address my need for overwriting the files each time?

Also, yes I would like to have access to it as if it were a live drive, without the need of backup software to do the restore.
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 /Y           Suppresses prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an existing destination file.

If you're going to go this route you might consider the more versatile xxcopy utility:
rustyrpageAuthor Commented:
So, I would make 7 batch files & then put them in the scheduler or how would that work?  It seems like that option has several points of failure....
rustyrpageAuthor Commented:
Well, I tried out the batch idea, however, I wasn't able to perfect it to the point of trusting it 100%....unless someone gives me a direct "no", I found out that the Windows 2000 backup program was able to schedule 5 weekly backups (one per night) and then my monthly backup...each time over-writing the prior.  The only problem I ran into was that it does it into a backup, it isn't easily accesible...however, the restore process is rather painless (and can be done from any computer on the network by just navigating to the shared drive!!).  So, all that said, I really do appreciate all of your help, but I can't take a chance with batches and stuff.  Please let me know if someone has had a nightmare with Windows 2000 backup.

Also, how can I increase the points & then split them?  I don't want you guys feeling like I totally dis-regarded your comments.
think of it like a big zip file (which it is, more or less)
probably a better idea
Just make sure your target file system can create a large enough file and you should be fine.
I would consider not overwiting every time and getting a backup onto removable media and off site now and then.
rustyrpageAuthor Commented:
The backup isn't for archival sake as much as "oops, I deleted it, or darn, wrong house sold".  So, basically I think that a 5 day backup with a one month fall back is fine.

As far as space, it is a 120gb drive (118 free)
Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
In that case, I think NT backup would do fine.
rustyrpageAuthor Commented:
How do I increase the point & split it between you two?
Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
There should be a link just above the comment area saying "adjust points" or something like that. You can put the new value there, there should also be a "split points" link next to it.
rustyrpageAuthor Commented:
Okay, great, thanks
Luc FrankenEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
You're welcome, and thanQ
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