Terminal Server Backup solution?

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Hello people, I would need some help with Backup Solution for Terminal Server.

I have Server 2003, R2, and I've tried implementing Cobian Backup, but it scrambled on me a lot, and didn't work, as it was puzzled about so many user profiles, and kept srushing every time someone logs in or out.

Can you suggest me some reliable, cheap and robust solution for such use? I would need daily backup + export to a DIR in split archive to fit on DVD.

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www.backupassist.com , I'm not sure if it does the split DVD (will check now), but this is the best cheap and reliable backup solution I recommend to all of my clients. When they are not after cheap, then I recommend ShadowProtect.
Krzysztof PytkoSenior Active Directory Engineer
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I would suggest built-in Windows tool called NT Backup (ntbackup.exe)
It's completely free and it's enough for your needs :)

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Krzysztof
I just checked and BackupAssist does have a "Backup to CD/DVD" job template, so I think it may well do what you are after. They have a free trial so I'd check it out.
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No offense but I have found ntbackup to be less than "robust", and the reporting options are not very good. Plus you would have to create a script to do anything fancy like split archives to DVD

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@iSiek -> I didn't know that ntbackup has a DVD split option? How to do that to work?
@djMundy -> Thanks for noting on BackupAssist, I will try it.
No probs.

BTW, if you end up getting frustrated with the cheap solutions and are able to throw some money at the problem, ShadowProtect really is the best. It does an incremental snapshot which literally takes 2 seconds (I just double checked one of my clients to make sure - it really is that quick) so that would take care of the issue of "crashing when someone logs in or out".

But it does cost about 2 or 3 times as much as BackupAssist, so I understand this may not be an option.

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Thanks, I will try that solution too.
Krzysztof PytkoSenior Active Directory Engineer
Top Expert 2012

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@mrmut: what actually do you menat by DVD split? Each backup can be saved as separate file. Do you mean that each backup file shouldn't have more that 4,7 GB?

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With DVD split I mean that the BKP soft. should have option to span the backup to multiple DVDs, so they can be burned and stored off-site.
Aman SubhanOracle Database Administrator
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U need Acronis DR!!

http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/

try this... its more reliable and dependable!!!

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Thanks.
This leaves me with a whole lot of programs to test. Lucky me.. :-)

Any more suggestion, to do test in bunch?
My main question is understanding why you need to backup a TS.
Most of the time we do not backup TSs at all. Could you elaborate why you are doing this?

Cláudio Rodrigues
Microsoft MVP - Remote Desktop Services
Citrix CTP

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Sry., I might have been unclear; I am not backing up a TS, but files from it.
This TS also serves as DC, FS, PrintS, etc. - It is a relatively small company, and a very powerful server.
There is a dir where I've put all the shares, databases (flat), etc., which I would like to backup.
My pripr strategies didn't work, I was unhappy with them, therefore me asking for help here.
Now I get it. Backup Assist I used several times and it is indeed a great, affordable solution.
That said, I hope you are fully aware of the issues you have by using a TS as a DC, FS, etc. This is really not best practice and considering how cheap hardware became these days, there is no excuse for having such solution in place. :-)

Cláudio Rodrigues
Microsoft MVP - Remote Desktop Services
Citrix CTP

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Yes, yes, I know about the issues related, tho the current volume is really low. :-)
My idea is to simply move TS to the Cloud when demands grow, and leave the local server as is.

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* I have to do a bit more testing, than I will award points!

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