Small Business Server 2008 Free Backup Solutions

What is the best way to backup my server completely inluding OU, Active Directory, Roles and Features in case of failure? I do see the Windows Server Backup solution but does that do a complete image? Any software solutions that are free or inexpensive? Any baremetal backup solutions? I am currently managing a server that is old with no backups and its scaring the begeezus out of me if it were to fail. Does windows Server backup provide incremental backups?
Isaias PerezLAN / PC Analyst 4Asked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
We use Backup Exec newest version. It does what you want but it is sure NOT free.  We have done bare metal backup with it as well.
David AtkinTechnical DirectorCommented:
If you're looking for a free backup then I would suggest using the built in Windows Backup.  The Backup does create an image of the server and will allow you to recover files, folders, volumes, applications (Exchange, Sharepoint) and the entire server. The backup solution does not guarantee bare metal recovery so if you ever had complete hardware failure you may have to do some faffing with drivers when putting onto new hardware unless you restored it as a VM which would be easier.  I've recovered SBS 2008 onto VMs and other Hardware using the build in backup.

If you have no backups at the moment then setup the backup via the SBS Console. It takes a few minutes and providing you have an external USB drive to backup onto then there is nothing stopping you.  I suggest you do this now so at least you have something.  You can continue to look for alternatives but ideally you need something in place now.

Read more about how to setup an SBS Backup schedule (via the console) here:

With regards to paid solutions, I like Acronis True Image but its not cheap.

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Isaias PerezLAN / PC Analyst 4Author Commented:
Of the paid ones which one would be the most inexpensive? I just got a quote from Symantec backup exec for 3 years at around $1500. Is this a good price or can i do better with a different product? Thanks
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Symantec is competitive so pick out the products (Symantec, Acronis) and look at the pricing.
David AtkinTechnical DirectorCommented:
Symantec is indeed competitive.  As John suggests, compare the products features and the pricing.

Backupexec is widely used as well.  I believe they have an SBS edition.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@pcstechllc  - Thanks and good luck with your choice of backup solution.
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