Solved

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

Posted on 2014-07-31
3
317 Views
Last Modified: 2016-10-27
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!
0
Comment
Question by:1namyln
  • 2
3 Comments
 
LVL 87

Accepted Solution

by:
rindi earned 500 total points
ID: 40233645
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.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:1namyln
ID: 40242790
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.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:1namyln
ID: 40277427
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.
0

Featured Post

Get up to 2TB FREE CLOUD per backup license!

An exclusive Black Friday offer just for Expert Exchange audience! Buy any of our top-rated backup solutions & get up to 2TB free cloud per system! Perform local & cloud backup in the same step, and restore instantly—anytime, anywhere. Grab this deal now before it disappears!

Join & Write a Comment

AWS Glacier is Amazons cheapest storage option and is their answer to a ‘Cold’ storage service.  Customers primarily use this service for archival purposes and storage of infrastructure backups.  Its unlimited storage potential and low storage cost …
I previously wrote an article addressing the use of UBCD4WIN and SARDU. All are great, but I have always been an advocate of SARDU. Recently it was suggested that I go back and take a look at Easy2Boot in comparison.
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of installing the necessary services and then configuring a Windows Server 2012 system as an iSCSI target. To install the necessary roles, go to Server Manager, and select Add Roles and Featu…
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to reformat your flash drive. Sometimes your flash drive may have issues carrying files so this will completely restore it to manufacturing settings. Make sure to backup all files before reformatting. This w…

746 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

12 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now