Laptop Backups

What is the best way to backup latops that are on the domain?  They all have a Windows OS. Is the Windows backup to the file server?

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muratkanikCommented:
you can try different methods like:

1 - You can provide external HDDs and use any backup software to get backup
2- if your users are using/or forced to use certain locations to store their files on the computer, you can sync these folders to your file server by using any sync software like goodsync, allway sync, easy2sync.. etc
3- you can use online backup services like carbonite. it is fail safe but restre may take time if you have large files.
4- you can set roaming profiles for the users. you can keep their data on the server but also they can work offline whenever the computer is not connected to the network
4- you can get the images of the HDD regularly to a cd or USB
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The are a number of ways. The way I prefer is to keep the source for documents on the Server (assuming the server is backed up). The information is Company (likely) and therefore having the source on the Server is a good idea. I keep them in mapped drives (Company Common and User private). Then I provide a replicator to keep a copy on the laptop. The user can use their files and then replicate back.

I assume Outlook is on Exchange, but if not, back up the Mail file as well.

Otherwise, programs can be restored if the laptop fails.  ... Thinkpads_User
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Jack_son_Author Commented:
What is a good tool to back up the .pst's?  Is there a specific .pst backup?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You either have to get an application for Outlook, or be sure Outlook is closed before backing it up and using any traditional file replicator or backup tool. I use SyncBack Pro (2brightsparks.com) because it is fast and very reilable. ...Thinkpads_User
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muratkanikCommented:
for the pst files there is an alternative solution by Microsoft:
Outlook 2007/2003/2002 Add-in: Personal Folders Backup

it is an outlook addin.. can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=8B081F3A-B7D0-4B16-B8AF-5A6322F4FD01&displaylang=en

The Personal Folders Backup download creates backup copies of your .PST files at regular intervals, in Outlook 2002 and later versions, making it easy to keep all of your Outlook folders safely backed up.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=8B081F3A-B7D0-4B16-B8AF-5A6322F4FD01&displaylang=en

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WolfhereCommented:
Right on muratkanik! Its okay to use third party software that Microsoft already does quite well, but why mess around with software that uses Microsoft techniques to do the same thing? You want to backup Microsoft software (Outlook) on a Microsoft OS (Windows)...hmmm.

As far as backing up the whole drive, Windows Backup & Restore is okay. Altirius does a better job because what data you want backed up is selectable - including outlook. Backup-Exec also does workstation backup.  

We use the sync (right click - Always available offline) when the laptops are on the network (when shutting down). Then when they return to the office, the local data syncs with data on the server. The gotcha with Windows 7 sync is that you have to make a change to the server's registry and reboot

ADD this reg entry and set it to 0:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\MRXSmb\Parameters\
OplocksDisabled REG_DWORD 0 or 1
Default: 0 (not disabled)

And then Changed this entry to 1:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters
EnableOplocks REG_DWORD 0 or 1
Default: 1 (enabled)
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Jack_son_Author Commented:
Thanks for all the great ideas; we are on a tight budget so trying to do this with what tools we have.  

As far as the microsoft tool for outlook backups, will this do multiple .pst's?  

Wolfhere, is this the sync with windows 7 machines, do you set up the sync directly on the laptop the users My Docs or their profile?  Also, for the server registry changes, are these is this needed for both 2003 and 2008?

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Tight budget or no, be *very* careful with Windows Offline Files and their sync tools. It breaks just for looking at it. I gave it all up a long, long time ago now. Life is too short to save a small number of dollars.
... Thinkpads_User
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