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Backing up PCs

Hello,

I have 10 users that are software developers and I need to come up with a solution to backup their entire PC somewhere on a daily basis.

Each PC has a 100MB connection to the network. I have Symantec BE 12.0 that I use for my servers that I may be able to use to backup the user PCs.

What are other people out there doing to backup user PCs?

Is there better software for this task? Can I make BE work?

Suggections/ideas?

Thanks!

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pzozulkaCommented:
We use BE 12.0 to back up our Executive's machines. It was seamless, all we did was push out the Backup agents onto their machines.

The only thing that bit us, was that we have shutdown scripts activating at night. So all computers are shutdown at night, and start up at 6am. This was a problem for us because we did our backups at night. If you don't shutdown your machines at all, all should go well.
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ittogoCommented:
You might want to consider an online backup.  There are some free ones and quite a few that are inexpensive that include options like realtime backup and encryption.  Just do a search on online backup to find some.
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NCI_ITAuthor Commented:
I have looked at online backups. My preference would be to keep the backups in house.

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pzozulkaCommented:
ittogo's suggestions is also a very good one. It is a reliable way to do backups. However, it really eats at your internet connection. It depends on how much data you have to backup. Our backups started at night, but ran into the morning. Users complained about slow internet connectivity in the mornings because of the backups.
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L3370Commented:
Is there a true need to backup their ENTIRE machine--system state, OS and all?  If you just need to make a backup of certain files/folders and projects they are working on then there are some simple options out there.

Microsoft SyncToy v2.0 does nicely. You can copy, move, rename, delete files between folders and computers with this.  Have it set to copy over their important work to a file server on your network that is already being backed up by BE.

http://www.microsoft.com/DownLoads/details.aspx?familyid=C26EFA36-98E0-4EE9-A7C5-98D0592D8C52&displaylang=en
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NCI_ITAuthor Commented:
The main reason for doing the backups is to protect against corrupted data, and to speed up a restore process. The PCs are running dozens of software development  tools that have very customized settings. It takes a very long time to reconfigure these tools if the PC fails.

Does Microsoft SyncToy v2.0 only do files or can it do system state, etc?
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L3370Commented:
That is what I was afraid of...

If that is the case then synctoy is not a good option for you.

If you wish to continue using backup exec I guess you could tweak the backup process a bit to cut down on time and resource utilization.  In BES you can continue backups but add some exclusions in there.  Set it to exclude backing up folders like Microsoft Office, personal files, my documents, profiles, and other various pieces of software that aren't critical to the system restore.

Removing those items will make the re-imaging process take longer because of having to manually install some programs.  But if it can significantly cut down time and network resources it may be worth something to you.

just a thought... :)
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NCI_ITAuthor Commented:
Thanks to those the provided suggestions.

I spoke with Symantec and I believe the best solution for me is to add a second media server and run PC backups to disk over iSCSI channel to my NAS with a duplicate job to run it to tape.

Having a second media server will allow me to backup the PCs without interfering with my server backups.

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