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Which is the best way to backup a windows 7 computer?

I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 domain network with 60 Windows 7 workstations that I need to backup; I have a Symantec Backup Exec 2012 with DLO but its really a mess and I never couldn't get it to work, so, what is the best way to backup windows 7 computers and schedule it? Windows 7 Backup tool is an option but it has the issue that, when a backup couldn't be done, it propones the next backup task for the next schedule, that means if a laptop is not in the office the day the backup is scheduled, it will try to backup until the next month (considering a monthly backup schedule).

Thanks!
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Daniel Flores Olmos
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noxchoCommented:
Try a simple tool for backup: Backup & Recovery from Paragon: http://www.paragon-software.com/de/home/brh/
They have a free version of it as well.
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McKnifeCommented:
The problem you mention with windows backup can be overcome, simply modify the task to run after a missed instance - it is optional.
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Alan HendersonCommented:
Paragon Free is great for personal use, but for a business environment with multiple computers I'd recommend Paragon's business products, or Acronis True Image. They have a number of solutions tailored for your requirements:

http://www.acronis.com/en-au/business/backup-advanced/
http://www.paragon-software.com/small-business/hdm-business/license.html

With 60 machines it won't be cheap, so you may wish to stick with Microsoft's offering. You could ensure that your data files are continually backed up using cloud services or a product like SyncBack:

http://www.2brightsparks.com/syncback/sbpro-features.html
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Daniel Flores OlmosInfrastructure and Support EngineerAuthor Commented:
McKnife, I can't see the option you have mentioned, may you tell the steps to find it?

Thanks.
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Daniel Flores OlmosInfrastructure and Support EngineerAuthor Commented:
noxcho:

I have downloaded the Paragon Partition Manager™ 2014 Free version but the "Backup & Restore" tab appears disable (grey) and if I click on "Unlock disabled features" it takes me to buy.

Thanks.
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McKnifeCommented:
Sorry, no win7 here to test. But for sure you can setup a scheduled task using the wbadmin.exe /start backup... command. There, on the tab "settings" is a checkbox "run task as soon as possible after a missed start".
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Natty GregIn Theory (IT)Commented:
Windows have a systematic backup included but my specialty very low key and free is to use brief case and sync with other device so I have two copies of the same doc, software is easy to reload but created files hard to recover, If you don't like that option use Norton Ghost aint free though
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Wilder_AdminCommented:
Your backup strategy should be depending on your restore strategy. Thats the point of your question. Which goal you would like to have. For example if your goal is to reduce the time in support and do a fast restore you need a strategy of restoring fast the os and then import the user files. If your goal is to have copy of the machine then you need a image system.

In windows 8 and later the strategy is chosen to restore the os and the user files. No longer a imagine system. But in WIndows 7 its still agood idea.

We use http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/index.htm for the whole image process and the MS USMT tool.

Why USMT? When you use that you are already prepared for the next chalange to migrate to Windows 8.1 or later.

Now ask yourself how much time you are spending on reinstalling windows?
How long do you need to install Programs?
How long does it take to reinstall an image?

Then decide how you will do it and then search for the right tool. With the number of your clients a centralized solution should be preferred. That you can have reports of your machines.
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noxchoCommented:
Dan, why do you try to use Partition Manager? It is for resizing partitions. What you need is: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/
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Daniel Flores OlmosInfrastructure and Support EngineerAuthor Commented:
Wilder_Admin:

I have decided backup and restore, only files, not clone, not image. I have tying all this time several options but I couldn't get waht I want and I just need to backup:

- Documents
- PST Files

And do it according a schedule (weekly, monthly, etc). Windows 7 backup works fine except when it couldn't runs the backup whe its scheduled, it pospones the backup until the next tasks scheduled (next week, next month) but if the next month the computer is not ON or is not connected to the network, or is not available, it pospone the backup until the next month and so on... the same with Cobian but worst because it doesn't access PST files... Symantec DLO, sends several errors and its impossible to get it work.

I have tried with Paragon, but I need to make a restore test beacuse it creates it own file format and I couldn´t see what files really backup. I have checked Snapshot, looks good,but is not free and I'm sure I won't get the authorization for the expense.
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Daniel Flores OlmosInfrastructure and Support EngineerAuthor Commented:
McKnife:

I didn't get what you advice me, I didn't see task options to check: "run task as soon as possible after a missed start".
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noxchoCommented:
In Paragon you can use File Transfer Wizard in the program and it will show you the content of the backup image file.
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McKnifeCommented:
Look at this picture
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Daniel Flores OlmosInfrastructure and Support EngineerAuthor Commented:
This was the solution I was looking for because for my needs, Windows Backup its useful and free and now with the advice of McKnife, it can runs the next time the computer is on. Thanks!
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