Win Server backup software

Hi Experts!

I've been looking for a backup solution for the Windows Server 2003/2008. I'm not a bit fan of the WindowsBackup tool...

Could someone recommend me a good and simple backup utility that will allow me to back-up Shared Folders on a nightly basis?

One more thing, I have Raid1 and Raid 5 servers, what can i use to image the hard-drives? Can I restore that image onto a Raid 1 and Raid 5 as well?

Thanks in advance!
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Kaptain1Asked:
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engeltjeConnect With a Mentor Commented:
When you need to back-up files nightly, I would advise Cobian Backup.
It is free, and does a nice job.

http://www.cobian.se

In fact, I 'm not a big fan of windows backup either.
When one deletes a file, I just recover it from my NAS in seconds.


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Glen KnightCommented:
What's wrong with Windows Backup? It's free and it works.

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KOTiSCommented:
If RAID is in hardware (using a raid controller) then you can restore a Raid image on a simple disk or vice-versa as long as the imaging software can use the RAID volume for imaging. If the RAID is done in software (Windows RAID) and you are imaging the OS, then you may encounter some problems after the restore.

For a simple backup solution you can use NovaBackup (http://www.novastor.com/software/windows-backup.php) - I'm using it at a client installation and it works very well...
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FireW0lfCommented:
Are you backing up to tape, or HDD, or network share?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Which one don't you like - 2003 or 2008?  They are VERY different backup tools.  And 2008 is essentially an image.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
> When one deletes a file, I just recover it from my NAS in seconds.
Why don't you recover it from Shadow Copy instead?
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engeltjeCommented:
When one accidentally removes a file, it can take weeks before it's noticed.
I have a policy to keep all server files for a full year on backup

Further, I have a rotating backup. Got 2 systems, and one backup is exchanged every week with a backup I keep at home.

It requires 2 NAS systems, but considering the low proce on storage, it feels safe.
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Kaptain1Author Commented:
Anyone else
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Yes,

I'll repeat:
Why don't you recover it from Shadow Copy instead?
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Kaptain1Author Commented:
I tried using Cobian backup, and it's just what i was looking for, and it's free! Other options seem to be more complicated. Thank you all for the input!
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