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Online backups

I'm looking for a solution for small and micros businesses. I want to run some backup software on a PC or server in the office and backup via a VPN connection to some disk space on a PC at home.

I tried HandyBackup and was fairly impressed apart from that the VPN dropped and the backup didn't try to resume the procedure following the failure.

Anyone have any suggestions?
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edz_pgt
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starmonkeyCommented:
ntbackup: simple and free.

Create a share on your home PC and a local user to access it.
Make sure your vpn is stable
create an entry in the servers hosts file that points to you home computer's IP address.
create a local user on the server matching the one on the home PC
make sure that user can access the files you are backing up
set the backup to file to point at the share like so:
\\<home PC name>\<home PC share>\my backup.bkf
se the credentials to the account you created.
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TheTechGuysNYCCommented:
www.connected.com -- An online backup solution ranging from 10 to 30 gigs... fairly reasonable pricing. My clients use them all the time and love it... offsite, safe and secure. Great customer service...
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CircleblueCommented:
If you are using the VPN connection to your home..  there is liability to you...  connected.com is a good example of being able to deflect issues if data is not backed up properly.  Remember when dealing with others data, there are liability issues.  


Cheers,

Bran
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edz_pgtAuthor Commented:
Sorry, I don't think I explained very well. I was tired when I typed it.

This is a solution I'm thinking of developing so that my clients can back their own business data up to their own houses. The risks will be explained to them and it will run as an additional option along side our reseller services offering commercial online backup solutions.

To start with, I want to back our own data up to my own house. I want some software that will be able to run on either a server or a workstation, back up to disk space on a remote computer and most importantly, it needs to resume if the network connection drops. Basically, I want what the online backup companies use, but with the ability to backup to my own locations, not theirs!
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veedarCommented:
You may want to take a look at rsync http://samba.anu.edu.au/rsync/
It's Open Source and very popular for this kind of thing.
Also for Windows use see nasbackup.com which runs on top of rsync
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edz_pgtAuthor Commented:
Thanks Veedar - that's more like what I'm after. However, I've not managed to get it working yet becuase I'm drowning in problems due to my total inexperience with Perl. The installation process just seems full of so many things I've never done before, and each one seems to be a steep learning curve. Like, to run the program, I need Perl (never done that before), I also need a mail sending util (no idea how to install this into Perl)  - Any chance you could help with some pointers please?
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veedarCommented:
Assuming you are using Windows only and no Linux server is available I think installing  cwrsync server is the way to go on your server side.  Then you can use nasbackup on the client side.  Both should be easy to install. Nasbackup has an active user forum that you may want to check out. Cwrsync is here....

http://www.itefix.no/phpws/index.php?module=pagemaster&PAGE_user_op=view_page&PAGE_id=6&MMN_position=150:150


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edz_pgtAuthor Commented:
Thanks Veedar. I finally got this to work, but now it seems I'm brought back full circle. I made the network drop during a backup and it didn't try to resume the backup. Therefore, it's no good to me. :(

I need  a product that will backup remotely (through a pre-built VPN tunnel) but will retry/resume upon failure. Any other ideas?
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veedarCommented:
Well you could write a small wrapper batch script around rsync that restarts rsync upon failure. There is some talk of it here...
http://lists.samba.org/archive/rsync/2004-October/thread.html#10913
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mikeilasdadIT DirectorCommented:
Not to oversimplify, but if you have the VPN access, and all you're trying to back up is a share, then maybe you could just use robocopy.  It's worked nicely for me in moving a large amount of data across the wire, and is fully capable of restarting where it left off.  Robocopy on the Windows 2003 Resource Kit works on Windows XP.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9D467A69-57FF-4AE7-96EE-B18C4790CFFD&displaylang=en

You could throw it in a script or just make a shortcut.

Best Regards...
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