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Best (cost-effective) software to back up multiple PCs on network to NAS

We have about 100 PCs in the office, and each staff member saves at least some important data on their local PCs (in addition to the network). I'm trying to figure out a straightforward way to back up the data on these PCs on a weekly basis (probably just My Documents, Desktop and any PST files) to a NAS without needing 100 licenses or anything else that gets overly complicated.

At a previous job we had a LInux guy that just used rsync scripts, I believe. Therefore, I assume there's free solutions out there as well. (I'm not strong with LInux, but if there's known scripts that work well available online, that'd be great.) Thanks.
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Bryant SchaperCommented:
Take a look at Veeam Endpoint, very cost effective, free.

http://www.veeam.com/endpoint-backup-free.html
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ruhkusAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the link. Do you know if I'd have to manually install Veeam on all PCs in the network, or could this (or some other solution) scan the network for all PCs, then I can just specify the folders to back up?
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Bryant SchaperCommented:
you would install the client on all computers.  Other solutions would still require an agent, especially of you are trying to get the OS state for bare metal restores.
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ruhkusAuthor Commented:
I don't need it to be that complex -  just copy data from a few key folders which should be accessible via admin shares. I assume though that this solution may not fully work if a file is open, but I could work around that.
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Bryant SchaperCommented:
Nothing comes to mind, but the product supports folders too.  You still need  the client installed.

You could right a script or push a scheduled task to domain computers?
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mitch harperDir. of I.T.Commented:
Have you thought of folder redirection to the server and back it all up there?
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Christopher Raymond MendozaCommented:
Hello ruhkus,

With 100 PCs I would probably have a server installed and have the users (automatically) save their files in a central repository. But in cases where it is not possible, I usually just create a script to run xcopy.exe to do transfers (backups) to a shared folder. Task scheduler also comes in handy.
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