2008R2 native backup v's third party

I have two production servers to backup. They are imagaing servers so the content will not change on a regular basis. I was planning on using something like storagecraft to backup the servers. One of them is a DC but is not servicing clients. It was made a DC to run windows deployment services.
I believe 2008R2 backup is an image based backup. Is there any reason I should avoid using this in comparison to a third party solution.
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Miguel Angel Perez MuñozCommented:
Usually third party software includes extra features that Windows backup has not got (select more backup devices, backup databases files without stopping databases...).
Thats depends of your needs and budget, but for files and DC services Windows backup will fit.
On this scenarios I usually use one weekly (or monthly, depending how many data changes) and one incremental every working day.

You can try with windows backup in case not fit on your environment go to third party.
Sid_FAuthor Commented:
Thanks Can I take an image of a volume using WB and with regard to the restore process is this a case of pop in Windows DVD and then point to backup image?
personally I would never rely on Windows backup as long as you care to eventually restore something when you need to. Backup procedures are always easy whatever you use, but restore procedures are the real challenge IT administrators must cope with, and since it may happen rarely, one feels safe only as long as she is not in need to do an important restore.

Anyway, to answer your question, you may want to read the following:

please note that  "You cannot store backups on tape" is stated somewhere in that article.

I normally use a third party software either IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (my best choice, although it may be hard to manage for a novice) or Symantec BackupExec (for small environments, which may well fit your needs).

Hope this helps
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Sid_FAuthor Commented:
Thanks, many people speak about not using WB but what are the specific reasons that make it a difficult solution to restore.
Well, as it is stated, you cannot use tapes, which are useful in case of disaster recovery, should your server (its disk or whatever else) be dead.
Then you need to take care of logs everyday or every time you want to do a backup, while 3rd party software usually have "visual" means on their consoles to be sure of what has happened.
Then you can use WB, just find a way to be sure you can always get a restore when you need, possibly trying some test restores every now and then.
That is just my own advice


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