I have been testing our backup procedures and find that I can restore data backed up to a USB external drive using the "native" SBS backup system. I am restoring the data to a completely different server on a different network but I do not seem to need to enter any passwords to get access to the data. I have also tried to restore the data to a desktop PC running Windows 7 but the Backup system does not seem to recognise the USB backup drive. Is this a deliberate policy from MS to make is (slightly) more difficult for someone to retrieve data from a lost or stolen backup drive ?
As USB drives used for offsite backup are vulnerable to theft or loss I feel it would be better that the data was encrypted I have looked at BackupAssist that appears to offer encryption as an option, any recommendations on backup software would be helpfull.