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We have a Windows application which stores it data files on a Buffalo TerraStation NAS device.  We are looking for a Windows backup program which will backup open files from the TerraStation (XFS format) to another Buffalo TerraStation.  The system is running 24/7 so there is no downtime when some of these files will not be open or locked.
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by:razorwoods
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The Buffalo Tera station has a built in backup system.  You can access it from the setup menu.  I'm note sure if you've tried that yet or not.

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by:lanier99
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Razorwoods, thank you for the reply.  I checked with Buffalo about the built-in backup and it will not handle open files.
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The open files issue is a software thing.  I know that Acronis will easily do this, and so with Veritas.

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by:dcsdave
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I use Backup Exec 10d and it works great.  I joined the Terastation to our domain by creating a specific user fort the TS in AD.  This bypassed the need for remote agent to be loaded on the TS which obviously isn't possible.  I backup about 140GB once a week and it takes about 7 HRs.  I still get remote agent errors in the job log but the data still gets backed up.

Hope this helps.
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by:ChiefIT
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I >LOVE< Acronis. That doesn't mean it is the best for you, but they do have a trial version.

It works well with Buffalo Terastations.
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We are going to try the Acronis Software and also SyncBack Pro.  The SyncBack Pro software syncs the folder structure instead of the backup being rolled up into one file so you can have the same folder structure on both NAS and just repoint the IP address if one of the NAS devices fails.  I will let you know how it works.
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I use acronis for all kinds of things.  In a pinch you can even use it to migrate whole servers to new machines.  The full drive image (from bootable CD) and restore functions are great even in the cheapie home edition.

I know for sure that one of their versions will do what you want.
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I used it once to extend my Boot partition. I had an 8Gb partition and needed to make it larger.

Just to see if it could work and to practice restoring from a backup, I took an image of the small boot partition, (RAID 5), saved the image and created a Acronis boot disk. Then, I formatted everything, resized my partitions and put the images back on the newly created partitions.

Do you know that server worked perfectly for over three years, error free? All OS, registry, drivers and other data was easily transfered from the drive to the backup and back again flawlessly.

That's why I say, I >>>LOVE<<<< Acronis.
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We have tested the SyncBack Pro solution and it has worked well.  It maintains the file/folder structure on the backup target so we can change the IP address on the backup drive and have it up and running quickly without having to restore a backup file.
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