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Hi I need some backup software (free if available) for a windows 2003 server.
NTBackup is not an option at this stage. (unless there is a way to build retention into it)

Software needs to be able to backup data, MS Exchange 2007 and mapped network drives.
Also needs retention so it can delete the last backup when storage is close to full.

I have looked at Acronis and Shadow Protect - both pretty expensive.

Any recommendations would be great.

Thanks
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I use NTBackup and wrote scripts  that do this

NTBackup will continue to write backup files to the folder you name.

With dos commands you can check for number of days and will delete the files older than 30 days for example.

NTBackup can backup exchange 2007 databases also no problem.

I run all my ntbackups using a script and the are scheduled by using task scheduler

The also email a report after the job completes

If this helps let me know I can post some sample scripts later
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by:rick81
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if u can post some sample scripts for the backup retention and emailing, etc.  that would solve my problem.  thanks.
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by:Dan Craciun
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I use and recommend BackupAssist. It started as a GUI for NTBackup, evolved into something stable and easy to use.

Also lots cheaper than Acronis.

HTH,
Dan
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by:Rahul Patil
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Hi ,

Try Paragon Backup & Recovery 2010 Free Advanced or

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/download.html

Does Complete & Differential Backups, Backup Scheduler, Backup to FTP servers, Backup Capsule (unerasable) and P2V Migration (physical to virtual).

Also some of the other alternatives are clonezilla and Macrium Reflect Free.

Regards,
Rtantra
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by:Gerald Connolly
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How much is your data worth to you that you want free or very low cost software to back it up.
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by:rick81
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Backup Assist does not seem to allow to backup network drives.
It shows the mapped drive but not the contents.
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by:Dan Craciun
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You can contact their support about it. In my experience the response time and quality of responses is very good.

It might not show mapped drive's contents by design, so you don't buy a license and backup 10 servers with it.
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by:shahzoor
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Acronis is expensive but you wont regret having it
The beauty of it is that it allows you to restore image of one server to any other machine available with totally different hardware specifications

It can even delete the oldest files depending on the size of storage
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