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Network backup solutions, tape drives Vs disk based solutions.

javabeat asked
Can anyone recommend a good network backup solution for an organisation with 20-30 desktops. We're running off tape drive at the minute but it would be better to run direct to a drive of some sort with good software provided? Any thoughts or recommendations much appreciated.


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First off, I'd suggest you read over my backup comment.  It started here as a comment, but grew quite large so I turned it into a web page.


Next, I would say you should not be backing up 20-30 desktops.  Desktops, except in special circumstances, should not be backed up.  You should be backing up the Server(s) only.  Makes things much easier - users store data on the server, the server is backed up.  As to what software can do this, the built in NTBackup tool is quite sufficient for basic backup and restore.  If you expect to need to restore often, then you should also have Shadow Copy implemented.  Tape is fine.  And if you already have it, you might as well use it unless it's no longer adequate to fully backup your server(s).  Then it's time to look into what your needs are based on the data your backing up, retention requirements, any regulations you need to comply with, and a host of other factors (covered in the link above).
Backuppc works well for us. http://backuppc.sourceforge.net/

Also nasbackup.com it's easier to setup for Windows.

They are both free open source products and are built on top of the popular rsync which limits network traffic by encoding data.