Automatic Backup to server

Posted on 2006-05-03
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Hi there

Hope this is in the right category, but its a combination of two i suppose.

I am looking for a program to automatically back up to our Windows Server 2003. All the versions I have tried to use has a problem sometimes.

Our server is accessed via a mapped network drive that requires the user to enter their password when they log onto it. The problem is that the automatic backup program does not backup if the user has not logged on.

Is there any way to get passed this password, or are there any decent automatic backup programs out there that will do this for me.

Many Thanks
Question by:AndriesKeun
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    Expert Comment

    What type of backup are you looking to do?  A full system backup of client computer?

    Author Comment

    Just certain documents and folders, such as My Documents and a couple of other directories.

    Our one department uses laptops to work in the office as well as from home and I want to automatically backup their work everyday at a certain time.

    Preferably the backup must backup open files as well.
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    Assisted Solution

    What I would suggest is using a File Server to store the user's files.  Map a drive to the file server and setup offline files and folders for the laptop users.  Use something like Arcserve or Backup Exec with the "backup agent for open files" installed to backup the file server.

    An agent for open files runs about $200 or more and will get very costly to install on every workstation.
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi AndriesKeun,

    why not look at folder redirection whist the users are online? that way the server backs up everything you have suggested - similar to the idea above but more controllable

    we use veritas bakupexec without to many probs but will probably move to arcerv, you can use ntbackup which is built into windows....

    Author Comment

    ok cool, will try these out.

    What I really need to know though is there a way i can disable the password request on Server 2003 with mapped drives. i.e. the user does not have to enter a username and password, it just logs on each time automatically?
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    Expert Comment

    are you in a domain environment?

    folder redirection wont work if your not and answer to your network drives lies there as well

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