PC’s and Windows Server – migrating to Mac – Best approach and backup?
Posted on 2014-03-11
We have a PC network running Windows Server 2008 (not exchange as they have hosted exchange) who want to go Mac.
On the PC network we used folder redirection, so all of their actual user accounts and folders are stored on the server, and all the content on this server is backed up to a cloud backup provider.
With them all changing to Mac’s this changes this. They still need to keep the server as they run some Windows only software and will have Parallels installed to interface with that, however my initial concern is, what is the best way to handle backup?
The backup service we have on the current windows server, is a cloud one that backs up the entire contents of that server.
Unless we make users manually copy files to a network drive (which is rubbish) as far as I know they won’t back up.
My specific questions:
1) What is the best way to handle the backup?
2) Is there an option to have Time Machine backing up reliably and supported by Apple, to a Windows server. So for each user we could just allocate a small bit of space? (would this then work with a cloud backup service that backs up files on that server.
3) Generally for a PC Domain to Mac migration, what other things should we be considering?