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SMB Backup Solution, what are people using?

Posted on 2012-03-26
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Hi guys, we are just about to upgrade to Backup Exec 2012... and it made me realise that BE is the only product I have ever really used lol.

What are the other popular ones?
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Been using BE for quite a while as well.

That being said, the new release from Microsoft is downright amazing in my opinion.  "Data Protection Manager 2010" - and has my vote as being the best backup solution on the market today.  http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/system-center/data-protection-manager.aspx

Ended up dropping Symantec because of it.  That being said, Symantec's never done us wrong either.
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That's pretty impressive. This is the thing, you get into this rut where your just doing what you do... and there are all these possibility's you don't know about.

So what's the analog for protection groups in BE? I found that a bit confusing.
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Analog for protection groups?

If you're wondering the correlation between BE and DPM on that term - the closest would be "Protection Groups" in DPM are like an equivelant "Backup Selection List" in BE.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc161486.aspx

- But there's a bit more to it than that - in that you configure DPM "what" you need backed up, at what replication interval cycle, etc.

If that makes sense.
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Here's an excellent write-up that compares both products is here:

http://www.milesconsultingcorp.com/MS-Data-Protection-Manager-vs-Symantec-Backup-Exec.aspx

(Keep in mind it's DPM 2k7 -vs- BE 12.5 *The last versions)
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Thanks for this, i'm setting up a home "lab" with some old servers and lto3 from work... test it out.
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