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Posted on 2008-10-21
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Hi
I am looking for a backup solution that is as centralized as possible.
Th e kind of setup I need to make is something like this..

I have near 20 servers all residing in the same LAN but some of them are in different AD domains and some are stand alone workgroup machines. I even have three linux servers.

I want to somehow remotely administer backup jobs for all machines from my XP admin PC.

Is there a software that can make this scenario possible?

Thank you for your expert advises

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This can be done by most Backup software available.
Veritas backup exec, Arcserve and Legato networker should all be capable of doing the job.
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Sounds like a not-so-small network you are running.
Being my careful self, I advise you to think twice before implementing a solution for something of this scale.

http://www.itexpertmag.com/business-continuity/designing-a-backup-plan

This is an extensive article describing a few steps to take to make a proper backup architecture.
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Well, I made a little research and I went with Acronis True Image Echo Enterprise Server (long name). The other apps (Veritas, Legato..) weren't so clear with their spec (to me) on what their program really do. Acronis had a nice description on their website so I went on and tried them out.
It's a Backup program that comes with various parts. I first installed the backup server part on the the server intended to store the backup files.
Then I installed the console part on my XP admin PC. From there I just pushed out agents (agent part) to the servers I wanted to make backup of, and after that I could connect to them and create backup jobs on them all by sitting on my XP machine. sweet!
It also comes with agents for linux servers, I haven't tried them yet but I don't think it will be any problem.
Regarding the backups i can choose to make between backup of folders, files or the entire disk, it actually clones the disk to a "ghost" image. I went with that one because in case of a system crash I can just restore the hole system at once. Now another nice feature I saw was that if I only need some specific files or folders to restore, I can do that to, I can access the image file and extract the files and folders I want. That's really nice.
In case of a system crash I just boot from the recovery CD you create with the program and choose to recover from the image. They have a separate Add-on called Universal Restore that allows you to restore the image to an entirely new hardware. That sounds to good to be true. I haven't tried that either but if it works it's a great feature.
The app has a nice gui too. Hope this help anybody else as "lazy" as me who also were looking for a easy but yet powerfull centralized backup solution.
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I found my own solution
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