Options for backing up workstations and a small business server?
Posted on 2011-05-06
I am responsible for a small business network that consists of about 55 workstations on a domain running MS Small Business server 2003.
Currently there are a few network shares setup on the server, and the server is backed up nightly to another disk.
My situation is: I would like to have this server imaged instead, along with about 10 of the workstations that are very difficult to rebuild. In addition I am looking for a way to backup the remaining workstations user data without having the user do anything. If at all possible I would like this to be centrally managed, as setting this up on each machine and verifying backups would be difficult.
I thought about setting up a home drive for everyone and backup those folders, however I am afraid when/if the network or server goes down, NO ONE will be able to access their critical data. Remember I am just 1 person and have limited time.
Another scenario would be to get Acronis software on each workstation.. this would be wonderful as it is centrally managed, but also very very costly. Unfortunatly cost is a pretty big factor.
I had read that small business server 2008 / 2011 back backup workstations? Could this be an option?
Anyone have any ideas on this would be much appreciated as I am pulling out my hair on this!