Windows Server 2008 R2 WSB Scheduling

Posted on 2011-10-05
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Just wondering if it's possible with the built in Windows Server Backup(WSB) or if I'm going to have to go with a third party Backup solution.

Here's what we want to achieve:

We have a couple of external 2TB Hard Drives that we want to backup to.  We want to backup to one that is plugged straight into the Server and one that is Plugged into another computer on the network in a different location.  With WSB I can schedule either or but I can't schedule both.

I was wondering if there was a way to set scheduling to do a backup every other night.  And have 2 Backup Schedules running to backup the Server on the opposite nights from the first one.  Can it be accomplished?  If not what Third Party Software do you guys suggest we use.  I've looked into BackupAssist.  I have talked to them and they say that they can accomplish this.  Just looking for insight from you guys if the WSB can't do what we're wanting.

Thanks in advance.
Question by:kadafitcd
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    I not so aware about the WSB cannot do multiple scheduler on backing up your disk.

    We are using backupexec and acronis (they have SMB edition with cheaper price) with not problem before this. However, for the next couple of months we've planned to change to Microsoft DPM as backup solution for specific MS services (Exchange, SQL Server, AD, HyperV) as for us Microsoft give more value for money.

    My suggestion when looking for backup is to have:
    1. The solution be able to backup and recover an entire system, single file or folder
    2. Multi backup location
    3. Automatic retention so that you do not have to manually delete old backup
    4. Deduplication features to reduce backup size and network untilization
    5. Management console
    6. Of course, your pocket


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