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Migrating Away from Windows 2K3 Server and Replacing with ReadyNAS....Possibly.

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We have an aging W2K3 server.  We used to depend on it for QuickBooks, CAD serving, Files, DNS, DHCP, etc.  Now we've migrated to QB Online, CAD programs only need a shared drive and DNS/DHCP are handled by the router.  The only purpose for the server now is a file server.  There are a total of 6 users all who have access to the main shared drive on the system with full permissions.  No group policy's are implemented.  These are all very responsible users of their computers and files.

The above being said, I'm strongly considering migrating away from a server environment and implement a NETGEAR ReadyNAS.  Specifically the NETGEAR ReadyNAS 500 Series 516.  My thought is for permissions I can use the Groups/Users functionality that come with this unit.  I'm to understand that it has virus protection of some sort built in.  The workstations all use ESET which is not dependent on the server.  We've also began using Bittorent Sync heavily and this device has support.

My first thought is how could I capture a daily back of this system?  Presently I use Acronis on the server.

I'm painting with a broad brush and looking for input.  Thanks in advance for your time!
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I don't know that particular NAS, but many NAS have USB ports to which you connect external USB disks to, and then they have a simple utility that backs the the NAS up to those USB disks. Some NAS also include a simple "push button backup" button on the NAS you can use to backup to the external Disk.

A further feature many NAS include is, if you have a 2nd NAS from the same manufacturer, you can configure the units in such a way they can automatically backup to the 2nd NAS.

But you should find all of those options described in the NAS' manual.
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I will be testing a ReadyNAS this week for this application.  Looks like it will do everything I need but I'm not sure about backups.  It has the ability to take SNAP Shots but this is still held within the device.  I'm used to having another copy housed on another device.
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ReadyNAS is the solution for us.  I've tested this now for a few weeks and it appears to be rock solid.  Providing SnapShots, I can backup to another USB connected device, replicate to another ReadyNAS, etc.  Thanks for your efforts.
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