What is the best backup program for a small business using a small business server?

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A small office's main server is running SBS and has a number of workstations attached to it.

What is a good, reliable and easy to use backup program that can be depended on to provide backups for the server that don't fail. It should also be easy to restore when necessary. If it can support the workstations also, that would be a bonus.
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Network Manager
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Windows Native backup in SBS is plenty for backing up the server.  The Wizard to setup the backup is pretty easy to use also.
dovidfCEO

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Can it be used for a bare metal backup and/or a file by file backup?
remmett70Network Manager

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It will perform complete backups that can be restored, once an OS is installed after a disaster.  It can also restore at a file level.
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ctssteveowner

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Along with using the native backup built into the SBS I would also recommend having it backup to a NAS, you can build a free NAS with using a old computer & a 2 GB thumb drive, with a RAID 1, 5, or 10 configuration. I have just set up a scenario using freeNAS which you can follow along here in this link I have provided. Easy to install & set up.

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/255596-2/how_to_convert_an_old_pc_into_a_modern_server.html
What version of SBS?

Plenty of great 3rd party apps for DR.
dovidfCEO

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It's small business server 2011.

ctssteve,

What is the advantage of a NAS? They use multiple external drives for backup. The NAS would represent a single point of failure and some professional maintenance. I guess that would be mitigated by the RAID configuration.
ctssteveowner
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One of the main benefits of NAS over an external HD is that it is a standalone device so it does not have to be directly attached to a computer, rather it is attached to the network and is therefore easier and quicker to access from multiple places or computers directly connected to the network. If you have multiple computers in house (laptop, desktop or workstation, etc), then NAS is the fastest way for all of these devices to access the data.
Acronis,Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery and Storagecraft are all in the $500 buck range for SBS and do image based backups/bare metal restore..

Storagecraft  has a nifty feature that allows you to mount the backup image using
Oracle(Sun)open virtual server and run the image as a server until you fix your crashed server.

It then has a diff file that syncs the backup image to the original  hardware once you are backup on the original server. .
dovidfCEO

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They have Acronis and although I have used it on a number of local machines successfully even restoring a totally destroyed drive based system, they have constant problems and are looking for some other product.

Do you have any experience with the other products.
Backup Exec System Recovery 2010 .
I have it working on 2 SBS systems right now.
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The topic was covered well.

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