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Windows Server 2008 Tape Backup

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Hi,
I know that Windows Server 2008 doesn't support tape backup. So, I need a cheap software that can backup to tape unit.

Unfortunatelly, the tape unit is mandatory. Thanks.
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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Please try this one http://www.educ.umu.se/~cobian/cobianbackup.htm
Completely free for commercial use.
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by:emresamisuzer
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I don't think cobain supports tape backup. Are you sure?
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by:Krzysztof Pytko
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Yes, you're right that's not possible. I'm sorry, my fingers were faster than my mind ;)
Instead of Cobian use AMANDA http://www.amanda.org/ it is also completely free and supports tapes (multiple OSes Win, Unix, Linuks etc.)
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evilsi earned 200 total points
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Hi,

Cheap backup software thats good is hard to find..

The following work with tape drives of most flavours:
Backup exec
Acronis
ARC Serve backup
Retrospect
HP Data protector (free for 30 days)
Windows one care

What kind of fuctions do you require? were you previously using NTbackup?
Regards
Si.
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I agree with @evilse - cheap, good backup software IS hard to to find. In my opinion, it's hard to find really good backup software at ANY price.

A few more to consider:

NetBackup
EMC Networker
Yosemite Tapeware

Again, it's relevant for us to know whether you were using NTBackup in the past, because if you have old tapes you want to access you'll need software that can read MTF (this is BackupExec's native format too, and I know Arcserve supports it).

Most manufacturers offer free 30-day trial downloads. Once you decide which package suits your needs, and you've chosen one by trying the trial version, then if you're strapped for cash, I suggest you keep an eye out for unwanted copies on eBay. You can pick up some real bargains there by getting (slightly) older versions of software. Just do your research and make sure that particular version supports your needs in Win 2008, and also read some user reviews to determine other people's experiences of it.
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by:emresamisuzer
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Thanks. What about backupassist? It seemed cheap.
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by:evilsi
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Hi,

I can only reccomend what i have used or sold.

Regards

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by:TapeDude
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No experience with Backupassist either.

CNET did a review of v 5.2.5 here:

   http://download.cnet.com/BackupAssist/3000-2242_4-10631113.html

But why not give it a try yourself and see how you get on with it?:

  http://www.backupassist.com/BackupAssist/download2.php

like most of them, Cortex IT Labs (the publisher) offer a free 30-day trial.
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Thank you.
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