Inexpensive software for making imagines of SBS2003?

Anyone aware of any low cost software for making images of SBS2003?  We're a tiny non profit and have no budget, so its hard to justify the cost of Acronis.

Any thoughts?

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acromentConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It appears that the VMware software will convert an image to a virtual machine - but I am concered about it going the other way.

If you are a non-profit... check out techsoup stock They have BackupExec for $117.
http://www.techsoup.org/stock/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=TechSoupMain&category%5Fname=Symantec+Enterprise+Products&product%5Fid=G%2D43455&Cat1=Symantec&Cat2=Symantec+Enterprise+Products&CatCount=2

I also found this post where the author says that acronis (workstation) is available in a non-profit license as well... perhaps they also offer the server edition with a similar price range.
http://www.todayicried.com/2006/08/acronis-true-image-workstation-91.html

I hope this helps.
-Eric
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yuniel537Commented:
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mtuepkerAuthor Commented:
Well the price is right...Thanks!  

Any limitations/caveats for using it?
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yuniel537Commented:
this guys are pretty good at this virtualization stuf I just think that you should try it
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mtuepkerAuthor Commented:
I guess my question would be better said this way...does this product meet my needs?

All I need is a simple way to take an image of my server off site once a week or so, preferably by external usb hdd, and allow me to quickly put an image back on the server if necessary.

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yuniel537Connect With a Mentor Commented:
OOOOHHHH!!! I think that what you realy need is symantec Ghost thats the best tool to do that but it has to be upon the same Hardtware that you made the image, I truly recomend you this one cause I can say that the virtualization stuff is in an early stage compared with Ghost.
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mtuepkerAuthor Commented:
Can you schedule ghost to make a backup every week?  Or is it something you would have to kick off manually...and thanks for all your help!

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mtuepkerAuthor Commented:
Do you have any experience with symantec backup exec 12.5?  I can get a copy of this at a highly discounted price with my nonprofit status, i do not know if it will make an image though.
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acromentCommented:
AFAIK BackupExec will NOT make an image... but it does have a recovery option where you would create a bootable CD which will then kickoff a restore from your backup media. Which is a long way from where it used to be with restoring the OS, installing BackupExec then doing a restore.

Of the options mentioned, Acronis is the best backup solution IMO. I would knock on their door and see what non profit licening they have available.

-Eric
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MarkMichaelConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi there,

I know you can not justify the cost of Acronis, but i like to keep urging people to move to it, as it is such a great tool! Not only that, but a days downtime without Acronis can on average cost a company well over a few hundred dollars! With the Universal Restore option you can simply back the ENTIRE server up nightly, take the backup offsite and in the event of a disaster (the place burns down) - you can recover your server in 2-3 hours and be back up and running elsewhere. You're ass is then covered sir :)


The best product, although not Free.. Only a couple of hundred dollars if you're a non profit... The name of it is Acronis Backup (Echo Server) that will get your server backed up fully to a single file (filename.tib). After installing it, you can create a bootable CD simply by burning the .iso that it creates and you can recover the filename.tib to your server.

I use this with a few of our customers and am regularly checking customer backups by simply loading their image onto one of our test servers, works every time :)
(to allow the image to be restored to hardware that is different to the original - you will need the Universal Restore option too)

Sorry if I am repeating what others have said...
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yuniel537Commented:
answer is yes you can schedule jobs with ghost.
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