Work Group Backup
Posted on 2008-10-22
I have a client that is not quite ready for a server. He has 6 XP Pro PCs and another XP Pro box available as a file server.. Im looking at several ways of giving him a cheap and reliable backup system.
1) Redirect users My Documents to the file server and run a simple BU program on the box daily. Users would be Accessing their data over a 100mb wire which should be fine for XLS and DOC files but maybe not so good for CAD files.
2) Schedule batch files to xcopy their My Documents to the file server after hours and before the simple BU app runs nightly on same.
3) Spend more money on a BU app that is capable of reaching out to the workstations during the nightly BU run.
In all cases, I am thinking he would have 2 external drives which he would rotate weekly, keeping the previous weeks drive offsite.
I am looking for suggestions or tweaks to the above solutions or something completely different. Recommendations on a simple, ($ 50 or under BU app), I could install&and the same for a more sophisticated BU app that could reach out to the PCs from the file server.
THANKS in advance!