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Recommended file-level backup solutions for Windows Server 2008?

Posted on 2008-10-22
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So, new Windows Server 2008 domain controller in place, and to my surprise Windows Server Backup nixed the ntbackup-style, file-level backups I knew and loved. Does anyone have any experience and/or preference for file-level backup software in Windows Server 2008? I don't need an image of my drive(s).
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We use CA or NovaNet products.  Either one should do well for your situation. NovaNet is the simpler of the two and CA has the more functionality.
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Windows Server Backup is ideal for me when just doing File Level backups; it's just a bit fiddly to setup, so if you do want to go down that route, I can provide info.

The other products I would always recommend are Symantec (previously Veritas) Backup Exec. When you hear the word Symantec it makes this sound like a Resource Hog which doesn't get the job done; the truth is this is one of their more solid products and it is one of the best backup/restore engines which I have deployed in single-server to multi-remote server environments. Backup Exec is similar to NTBackup, just with a lot more features.

The other company I would recommend second is Acronis.

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backup exec 12.5 is pretty awesome but comes with a price tag, but very scaleable if you add in more servers and can be cost effective for many servers
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by:villagelighthouse_llc
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tigermatt, I'd love info on how you utilize Windows Server Backup to do file-level backups.

I have Backup Exec 10-something, I'd have to look at the version again to be sure, which I used to use on our Exchange 2003 server before I realized Windows Server 2003's ntbackup was just as good.

Good chance it's too old a version however for Windows Server 2008.

I guess I can always have a local workstation, say mine, or our Exchange 2003 server, file-level backups of select data on our Windows Server 2008 domain controller. Not elegant, but it'll do. :-(
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With regards to Windows Server Backup I actually do disk images with it. I know you said you didn't want a disk image, but when your budget is 0 for backup software, sometimes that's what you have to resort to! See http:Q_23517507.html#a21877450 for the batch file method I use to start the backups as a Scheduled Task.

It looks like BE 10 doesn't support Windows Server 2008, see https://forums.symantec.com/syment/board/message?board.id=103&thread.id=60091. It's unclear whether 11d does support it or not.

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tigermatt,

Thanks for the information. I do plan on doing disk image backups for extreme disaster recovery situations, but I also need to perform file-level backups for those days my users get delete-happy.

Looks like I'll just run backups across the network from an XP machine.
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