Recommendation for Network Storage Device
Posted on 2014-11-15
I have a customer with 12 Windows 7 PCs without a file server. Each person stores their files into C drive and they all use OUTLOOK and NO ONE DOES ANY BACKUP.
They are NOT going to get the file server now. But my customer agreed to set up some type of "backup" system.
I am thinking about getting some type of network based storage like "Buffalo Linkstation". I bought it about 10 years ago and it came with 2 HDs on RAID1 and I accessed it via IP address. Here are my requirements:
(1) I like to access the HD via \\192.168.1.20 (for example) from each workstation PCs.
(2) Create a folder like C:\Bob C:\Susan C:\Tom ... etc.
(3) Create sub-folders like C:\Bob\Outlook (PST, autocomplete) C:\Bob\My Documents (files, favorites, pictures, videos)
(4) From each workstation, I run a batch file (scheduled to run it at night like 11PM) using ROBOCOPY like the following:
Robocopy C:\Uses\%UserName%\My Documents\Outlook Files \\192.168.1.20\%UserName%\Outlook /MIR
Having heard my backup idea, my customer liked the fact that he could access his employees files (that are currently emailed to him as attachment when he needs them), but when I explained to him that anyone can access anyone's folder (ie, his files would be accessible by any of his employees), he was concerned.
So I am asking experts to see if they have some suggestions as to what kind/brand of Network Storage Device that I need to get for my customer.
Obviously I want my customer to have access to his employee files, but certain users files should be protected and I like to run a batch file from each PC to copy files to the network storage device.
I though about running Windows native backup. It will work except my customer can't simply click the files to open.