Backup Solution for Developer Environment.

We have 20+ Developers who currently are responsible for their own machines in terms of backing up anything.

This is not a big issue because Team Foundation Server where all the development work is checked in/out of it properly backed up.

The thing is if a developers machine fails or hard drive fails. It means down time for them. Some developers have their own portal hard drives so they Ghost their hard drive every night to make sure they can be back up and running within minutes.(by doing a restore from image)

I am looking to devise some sort of Backup Plan/Procedure where by i can ghost everyone's HD's on a regular basis to potentially avoid any downtime.

If a developers machine failed and they had to reinstall it would take 2 days to reinstall everything including the local build of our Software application(this is the longest thing to do).

Instead  we have spare hardware where if we had an image of their previous working hard drive we could restore it within a matter of minutes and have them back up and working.

The plan has to be quick and hassel free and most importantly not data heavy.

Is there a way of taking 1 full image(every month) and taking a differential snapshot image that adds any updates to the existing backup image.

Any recommendations would be great
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SirjacksinurboxCommented:
Personally, I would recommend Symantec System Recovery Desktop Edition for all of your desktops, as well as Backup Exec for Small Business.

The Backup Exec for Small Business will backup all local server files to whatever media you want (preserving your Team Foundation Server Files) and the System Recovery will image user desktops daily.

The differential backup options are on most backup solutions these days. I'm 100% positive that the System Recovery Desktop Edition does incremental (differential) backups (the Backup Exec for Small Business does too).

They should be what you are looking for at a reasonable price (System Recovery is around $85 for individual licenses).
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MarkolongAuthor Commented:
Symantec System Recovery Desktop Edition looks great,

But is it 85 Dollars per desktop? I have like 40 desktops or can you get a volumed license. Also does it need renewed?

Regards
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SirjacksinurboxCommented:
The licensing I am not sure about. You would have to talk to a Symantec rep about that. In my limited experience in dealing with licenses (we let the managers handle licensing), you pay for the software initially, and the support for the product is the yearly renewal fee. I could be completely wrong about that, but I know that the Symantec rep would be able to tell you.

If it costs $85 per user license per year, you could always just buy 40 copies of Norton Ghost. The initial cost would be a lot, but you wouldn't need to renew every year. It would essentially do the same thing, but you would have to initially schedule each of your desktops' backups separately and there would be no central location (other than an Explorer window) to manage the user backups and restore.

In the setup, you can specify a central location to store all of the images. Norton Ghost does incremental backups, and it allows you to migrate to new hardware pretty easily.
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