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Im looking for a couple of options for server backup software.  Price is an issue, as always, reputation.
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by:John Hurst
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How much data must you back up? For a small server and a small business, NT Backup (comes with the OS) works very well. For bigger volumes of data, you need a large tape drive (and software sometimes comes with these), or something like HP Storage Works (disk cartridges) and for this you may find NT Backup does the job. ... Thinkpads_User
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The one it comes with does not allow for specific directory backups (not an option).  im backing up prob 15 gig at time.  
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by:John Hurst
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15 Gb is not a lot of data, so take a good look at NT Backup. It allows backing up specific directories, it allows exclusions (that is, all of C: except for X, Y, Z etc) and permits relatively easy restore. It is what I use for clients and does all I need. ... Thinkpads_User
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where do i find nt backup?
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Is nt backup the same as windows server backup - if so i do not want to use that one.
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I am not sure about Server 2008, but in Server 2003 it lives in Windows\System32 and goes by the name ntbackup.exe.  What problems have you experienced with it that you could share?
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Im familiar with 2003, but in 08 for custom directories backup, it auto chooses c: drive, and you cannot deselect it, also you cannot choose a directory, it will prompt you to reformat.  If you have existing backups, they will all be deleted.  Thanks why.  sucks..
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by:John Hurst
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Thanks for the information. Assuming you cannot change it to do what you need, I would agree with you. ... Thinkpads_User
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by:communitypc
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actually, is just searched , and there is no ntbackup.exe in system 32 folder, just the server backup tool i mentioned eariler with the restrictions.
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Thank you for the information.

I tried Restrospec once on a SBS2003 platform, but I thought it to be too expensive and somewhat too complicated for my needs. Times have changed and it may have advanced. Try looking at it (although as noted I cannot give a user recommendation because I don't use it).
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Backup Exec has been good to me and works well.
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First off, let me clarify something here. NT Backup has been removed from all versions of Windows Server 2008. As I understand it, the main driving factor behind this was due to it being based on Veritas technologies; Symantec, who now own Veritas, were unwilling to license their technologies for another version of NTBackup in a new OS release.

The product it was replaced with is Windows Server Backup, which performs image-based backups. It can ONLY be configured to back-up particular hard disks; there is no further granular control possible. The tool is pretty limited in functionality if you want anything more than a normal backup, and it does not include any method to back-up Exchange or the like.

I would recommend you take a look at Symantec (previously Veritas) Backup Exec for running your backups.

Another piece of software which is a little cheaper than Backup Exec but has very similar features is Backup Assist: http://www.backupassist.com/index.html.

Both are worth taking a look at if Windows Server Backup just doesn't cut it for you.

-Matt
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