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Nas Device that can image backup 20 workstaions

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I am looking for a NAS device that can image backup 20 workstations. I know I can use application like storage craft or acronis to backup to a NAS but I am looking for an all in one system where I don't have to buy additional licenses for the imaging software.
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NAS' don't pull backups from attached PC's. They can backup themselves to other NAS, or  to attached external disks etc. but they don't do what you want.

If you are using Windows Vista or above, you can use the built-in backup tool to backup to the NAS, as that does image backups. Or if this is a private environment, you can use Paragon's free backup utility, which also does image backups.

Another free option would be to use CloneZilla, but you'd wouldn't be able to run that from within Windows, but rather you'd boot to it from a LiveCD or USB stick.
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Rindi is correct.  Any NAS can backup up any number of workstations up to the limit of available disk space.  Backups are driven by the software on the PC, not the NAS.

I like Macrium Reflect free version at this time.  It's free, it does all the standard backup functions including full, incremental and compression.  If you need a paid function later on you can buy an upgrade key.

Side note:  Backing up to an NAS may not a good idea if you anticipate needing to restore a dead system from a full image backup, using the dead system.  The stand-alone bootable CDs for some backup programs can not deal with network storage.

Acronis up until and including version 8 was quite good.  I can't recommend any of the recent releases.
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That's guys I will look into Macrium and Paragon. Some NAS devices such as Seagate black armor do backup PC's. with software provided. I would like to be able to run a restore remotely so Acronis or Storage craft may be the way to go if Macrium or Paragon cant do this.
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