The best backup method for users in a network

Dear Experts,
I kindly need you to advise me what is the best method for users data backup for the following environment:

- Server: SBS 2008
- Worksations: MAC and Windows (7, Vista and XP)

I have got a third party software for server (imaging system) and this side is OK for me. For the users side as an admin I want to make sure that all users data (business data of course) are backed up. I'm afraid if one of these workstations HDD is damaged there is going to be a trouble.

Thank you in advance,
smartbusinessAsked:
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ormerodrutterCommented:
Make sure all users save their works on the server and have your backup software to backup the server on daily basis.

Folder redirection on My Document may also be useful.
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ksamikannuCommented:
It is extremely important that users backup their data on the server.  There are several third party tools like "Dhruva" etc which do a good job of backing up user data.  The software Dhruva installs a client at each of the endpoints and it can be scheduled to backup on specific intervals.  The beauty of this software is that it uses references and pointer method for backing up which drastically reduces the storage space required.  Also it has got variety of options to backup like MS office, database etc...
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
While centralizing data storage on the server will allow the server backup to capture all data, it is by no means required. A common practice among SBS trusted advisors is to install windows home servers alongside SBS. the client backup feature built into WHS works very well for protecting client PCs and making a quick recovery a cinch.

Or, if you can wait, Storage server Essentials is near a release and includes a similar client backup option, but integrates better in domain environments such as SBS.

-Cliff
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smartbusinessAuthor Commented:
Thank you all, In fact I'm looking for the best solution for free. No budget for additional software.
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TomislavjSystem AdminCommented:
try Cobian backup 8 (black moon) or Robocopy for windows clients
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
All I will say is that you get what you pay for. Whenever I see a "free" solution, it either takes so much maintenance and manual monitoring that the time spent managing backups, thus payroll costs, more than offset the cost of an automated solution.

Similarly, when cobbling together a scripted solution, such as trying to schedule a task for robocopy and keeping older copies (otherwise it isn't really a backup), the time scripting offsets the cost.

Finally, implemented wrong, you don't realize that there is a hole in your DR scenario into you have a disaster....and recovery isn't an option because something went wrong that you enver knew about. Then the cost of that backup solution *really* hits hard.

While I understand that small business budgets are tight, if a small business can't affort a $400 backup solution that includes hardware that can be amortized over 3 years, there are bigger issues at hand than the backup. Some things aren't worth cutting corners on, and siaster recovery and business continuity are definitely high on that list.

-Cliff
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smartbusinessAuthor Commented:
Thank you.
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