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I need to backup my server and 30 work stations. Can anyone offer some advice as to the best and cheapest way to go about this. Backup Exec looks good but do I need to buy server and client software. And I'm backing up to a 3TB
external hard drive.  
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by:Lee W, MVP
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If you design the network properly you shouldn't have to backup the workstations.  Ideally, all data is stored on the server and the workstations failing means very llitte... replace and move on.

Otherwise, you COULD get 3 Windows Home Servers or 2 Windows Storage Server Essentials boxes and install the clients on the workstations to back them up.  Both products use deduping technologies to minimize backups (but Home server max is 10 clients per server and WSSE is 25).

For the server, it depends entirely on how important the server is to your business.  If it's critical, then you probably should look into a BDR (but they aren't cheap and usually have a monthly maintenance fee attached).
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Can you explain this in more detail please. (If you design the network properly you shouldn't have to backup the workstations.  Ideally, all data is stored on the server and the workstations failing means very llitte... replace and move on.) I think your right about this but not sure what you mean.
 
I run a my own small business and trying to do most of tech support on my own. Using Window 2003 server sr2. All this stuff is new to me so forgive my ignorance.
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I provide administratice services to five companies using Windows servers (2003 & 2008) along with exchange and blackberry enterprise. I agree with the comment above that if your users always store their data (word, excel, pdf, and all other document files) in user folders on the server, you really don't need to backup a workstation. When I install and workstion, I make one backup of the entire drive so if it fails, I can install a new hard drive, run the restore and get it back in place within a few hours (if you have the drive).

I always install Backup Exec on all servers because it works!! Yes, it's expensive, but if you have a current backup, and it's stored in a safe place, you can sleep at night knowing your server and it's data can be recovered if catastrophy occurs.  In six years of Backup Exec use, I've recovered five servers from scratch (bare drives) and never lost anything. There are cheaper solutions, but this is what I do.
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Thanks for the advice.
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