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Windows XP Backup recommendations on a Windows domain

I am deploying a Windows 2003 domain with two DC on site and a 3rd DC offsite at a datacenter.

My software budget is low so wanted to user Windows backup and/or Folder Redirection to backup users data(about 100 users).

Are there any recommendations on how to backup the users data and system state without needing a massive amount of disk space? Can you deploy Windows Backup policies to automatically backup data with Active Directory?
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You can create a schedule on each dc to backup system state to some place or media that you want. You can create a schedule also on the server with the users data to backup to some place (a share for instance) or tape.
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I have a schedule to backup the server data using the Microsoft Backup software which stores that data on a DFS and then that gets replicated to the offsite DC.

I am more concerned with the endusers data backup and how to deploy it easily...
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And - with the Backup Exec AD Agent - you can backup and restore individual parts of the Active Directory.
This functionality is simply not available using NTBackup.
Where is stored users data ?
And when you say system state, do you refer to workstations system state also ?
- Users data is stored on a DFS root share.
 - Yes I am referring to the system state of workstations as well. I was thinking of using NTbackup to store a backup of the system state to a different DFS share - I just dont know if I can deploy NTBackup policies via GPO.

I also have concerns because we have some NAS drives and dont know if I should simply share these drives as DFS shares as well to allow for 'backup' of that data.
The NTBackup tasks are just scheduled tasks, and likely can be copied out like any other scheduled task. Also, if you know exactly what the scheduled task will contain, you could also script the schtasks.exe executable to create the task in a logon script or machine startup scrip.

You can configure the startup script in GPO for all users with a script to create a task for ntbackup.
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We are a telecommunications company so for a lot of our users the backups of the workstations is a need, but the recommendation to stay away from this actually lit a lightbulb over my head of a different approach to this dilemma.

I am going to implement folder redirection to DFS shares to provide some sort of backup of users files and create network storage for other data and model in that fashion. Unfortunately there is a mis-mosh of hardware and workstation images will not work here.

Thanks everyone for the input.