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Our small office network is served by a Windows 2000 Server with Exchange Server. This machine contains a DVD burner that we use for regular backups. So far, this has been a manual chore, but I am sure it should be possible to automate the whole thing.

Here's what we want:

1. There's a number of shares on the server that all need to be backed up entirely - each backup should include all new files and folders created under these shares as well as the modified old files and folders
2. A number of specific large files that are continually updated should be included in the backup; these files are in a folder with other files that do *not* need to be backed up
3. Before backing up, the Microsoft Exchange Information Store service should be shut down
4. After backing up, this service should be restarted
5. On Mon thru Thur, incremental backups to DVD-RW
6. On Fri, complete backups to DVD-R

All I want to have to do is configure the above backup schedule and slide in the correct DVD-R(W) every day.

What is a good approach to this problem?

PS: We have Nero 6 OEM on the server (came with the DVD burner) but this does not include the BackItUp utility. The Windows Backup utility will not write to DVD.
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by:qabs
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We used this product on a customers LAN...
http://www.novastor.com/sm_business.asp
There were about 12 users on the network...

This backup program had almost all the features of Veritas, it's easy to use, and it performed well in our situation...

We could back up partitions, folders or individual files as needed

Good luck
Steve
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by:FlorisMK
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Looks like a good one, gabs! Now if I can just get the Scheduler to actually run scheduled backups, the points are yours! :-)
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by:qabs
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It has in internal scheduler...we had no problems running it...we set up a sked for 1 am every day Mon thru Fri...we did not do incrementals, just a full bu every time...and that was a little under 4 gig of stuff...we had 10 DVD rw's which gave us 2 full weeks before anything was overwritten...

Hope it works for you...
Steve
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by:FlorisMK
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We seem to be having problems with the internal scheduler, and Nova support admits this is a known problem and recommends using the Windows Scheduler. Hm. Not quite the tool I had in mind...
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I had heard that there was a scheduler problem...but it did not effect us...

As far as I am aware, this is the only "Veritas type" of backup program that will burn DVD's...

Steve
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by:FlorisMK
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NovaBackup keeps having scheduling problems on our server, and also refuses to write to my DVD-RW discs. I've downloaded and installed a demo of NeroBackitup and that does seem to do the trick.

I'm not sure what Veritas is...
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