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Setting up remote backups

Hi,
My Boss has asked me to setup a solution allowing our data to be backed up to a remote server. I have looked at the various companies who offer these services, but I am sure it isn't rocket science and I am convinced a simple piece of backup software with a built in FTP client would do the same job. We already have SSL space with our ISP, so security for the data should be ok . Our company servers are MS Server 2003 SBS.

Has anyone already done this and if so whats the best way to proceed..

Many thanks in advance
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ai_ja_naiCommented:
try Deltacopy (http://www.aboutmyip.com/AboutMyXApp/DeltaCopy.jsp): it's a crossplatform,free, rsync based backup program. Very lightweight and effective
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DextertronicCommented:
Backing up data to a remote server is not rocket science.
Doing a bare metal restore to different hardware for SBS is not simple and should not be underestimated.
Have a look at Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery Server 8.5 for SBS.
This software creates an image of each volume as a single file which can be automatically FTPed to a remote location as well as saved to a network share or external hard disk.
If you do have a catastrophic failure you can restore these images to different hardware with ease. Very cool.
http://www.symantec.com/business/backup-exec-system-recovery-windows-small-business-server-edition

Another option is to use the standard Symantec Backup Exec 12.5 for SBS software (the one you would normally use with a tape drive) but use the Online Storage option which backs up to Symantec's online servers as easily as it does to a a tape drive.
http://www.symantec.com/business/online-storage-for-backup-exec

Or you could use a combination of both.
I use the Recovery Server to create images of the System and Application volumes and tape backup for the data.
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ai_ja_naiCommented:
>This software creates an image of each volume as a single file which can be automatically FTPed to a remote location as well as saved to a network share or external hard disk.

Sending a 500GB iso via ftp... Really handy xD
So, what if I change a single text file? Do I have to dd my drive again and send it over ftp? ;)
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Monis MontherSystem ArchitectCommented:
MS has a tool called robocopy, its similar to rsync you can get by downloading the rktools for win2k3

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9D467A69-57FF-4AE7-96EE-B18C4790CFFD&displaylang=en


Another solution that I personaly use is ftpsync, its a tool that sync files from one dir to a destination ftp  server, the tool is open source but it only runs under UNIX/LINUX systmes, since my server thats holding the shares is Windows, I use the tool through cygwin (A UNIX shell emulator for windows).

A simple .bat script that invokes the cygwin and runs the script that sync the file server with the FTP
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DextertronicCommented:
@ai_ja_nai  
Firstly : How many 500 GB System Volumes do you have?
Secondly: It's not an ISO file; it's a highly compressed image file.
Thirdly: The software does incremental backups so you only backup what has changed since the last full backup.

We're not taling some tonka toy share ware program, we're talking about enterprise level imaging and backup.
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ai_ja_naiCommented:
Sorry, but I don't trust Symantec.
Not even one of their products succed in its mission: antivirus, utilities, recovery system, diagnostics, etc, etc.. They do not work well. And, adding insult to the damage, they cost a lot!

I prefer relying in free, crossplatform and well tested solutions
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DextertronicCommented:
Having used many Symantec products at multiple clients over many years I can confirm that not only do they work well, they are worth every penny.
In fact the SBS versions of their software are some of the best deals around.

I would suggest that you prefer relying on allegedly "free, crossplatform and well tested solutions" because you are a linux user.

This poor fellow is using Windows SBS which is a completely different ball game.
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ai_ja_naiCommented:
>I would suggest that you prefer relying on allegedly "free, crossplatform and well tested solutions" because you are a linux user.
True, but as everybody in here I've got a dark past of Windows user... a nightmare ;)

>This poor fellow is using Windows SBS which is a completely different ball game.
Belive it or not, Deltacopy is crossplatform, so it will work with no sweat
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wifiitAuthor Commented:
Thank guys for all your help.
ai_ja_nai:
I tried installing Deltacopy, but got errors when i tried to run the program. I tried it on several servers and got the same errors. I read all the relivant info but havent been able to rectify the issue.

Dextertronic:
I have looked at the Symantec solution and it looks perfect, but I have to agree with ai_ai_nai I have installed many Symantec products over the years inc Bacup Exec etc and to be honest I have never been able to rely on there products as they always seem to fail with some obscure error giving you days of trawling through the net looking for answers. However the products looks perfect so I am going to download the trail version and see how it goes.. Bit unhappy Symantec don't offer any support for trial software though.. so fingers crossed.

Thanks agian for all you help.
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ai_ja_naiCommented:
what errors did you get?
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wifiitAuthor Commented:
"Could not start the service an unknown error occured"

See attached file..
error.bmp
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malikstaysCommented:
You can tryCA Arcserve R12.0 Or R12.5
http://arcserve.com/
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DextertronicCommented:
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DextertronicCommented:
Did you actually try BESR?
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