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How to set up backups on Windows Small Business Server 2003?

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I need to set up a Windows Small Business Server 2003 SP2 to run a full backup every Friday (with verification) and to do daily incremental backups.  The server I need to backup also is running Exchange - and that should be backed up as well.

Whiel I thought that doing a full server backup would include the Exchange stores (how is it a FULL server backup if anything is excluded?), some people have said that the full backup does not include Exchange stores by default.

But, I have failed to find a simple a simple how-to that will tell me, in detail, how to set the server up to do a full backup (the kind you need if a server crashes) every Friday night (mainly Friday because the only FULL backups that I got to run took over 18 hours to backup 285GB to an external USB 2.0 HDD) and how to set up incremental backups that would run Monday through Thursday.

Anybody got a link to some videos or great, SIMPLE, tutorials on getting this done right?
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by:Haresh Nikumbh
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so do you have any backup software installed which take backups ?

you have to think about third party backup solution to configure this server for full backups

Most of the third party software's are VSS aware backups, and they can be easily restored in anything goes wrong on the server


I will recommend go for Shadow protect backup solution which is disk backups and

http://www.storagecraft.com/shadow_protect_server.php

2nd option is Acornis backup solution
http://www.acronis.com/backup-recovery/enterprise.html
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by:asciiassasin
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There is no third party backup software installed.  This is for a non-profit organization with limited funds.  They would like to use the built in Windows server backup if possible.

I had suggested Acronis, but their budget will not allow it - so just checking to see if this is possible with Windows backup.
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Alright download this guide, which has given all steps for backing up SBS server

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=1215

But still i will suggest go for Shadow protect backup .. that's gives many more options for restoration
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by:asciiassasin
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Ok.  I get the whole backup wizard thing, but the problem is that to do and verify a backup is taking almost 18 hours.  That leads into the work day (even when started at 7 pm - when everyone leaves work).  This slows the server and the worker's ability to get things done.

I have set the full backup to only run on Friday afternoon because it takes so much time and consumes so many resources on their Dell server.

I am thinking that a better daily solution would be to do an incremental (or even differential) backup Monday - Thursday - as it should finish in a lot less time than the 18 hours the full backup seems to be taking.

So, is there a way to do incremental (or differential) backups Monday - Thursday that would use the weekly backup as a starting point?
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