Server 2012 R2 Backup Program

Server 2012 R2 Std running hyper-v 2012 R2

Current backup is BackupAssist, a shell for server's native backup, to an external HDD, Need something more robust that can handle complex saving weekly/monthly/yearly requirements of complete backups going back about a year. I'm guessing we'd get some kind of NAS to handle all of the backup that would need to be saved. Backup program would also need to be able to do bare metal restores

Would appreciate any suggestions.


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Lee OsborneSenior Infrastructure EngineerCommented:
I currently use HP Data Protector as our primary backup software. We used to use Backup Exec a few years ago but outgrew it and changed to HP DP. It's very good for large enterprise backup solutions, easy to configure, easy to backup and restore, and works exactly how we expect it to. We do daily/weekly/monthly backups to external storage and to tape each month and it works fine.

Our smaller offices still use Backup Exec, but the minimum version is BE 2014 for 2012 R2 support. This is fine for the amount of data they put through it and is quite adequate for what they require. It also supports disk based backup, daily/weekly/monthly scheduling, etc.

Phil DavidsonCommented:
Symantec Backup Exec is the least bad option I know of.  

There are at least three other options for Windows for bare metal restorations:
Redo Backup & Recovery can do bare metal restorations too.  
Dell's NetVault Backup may be a good sol.  
Acronis also has a solution.

Based on what I know, I think Symantec Backup Exec would be the best all-around.  It is widely used.  Problems do happen.  I strongly recommend testing your backups in a lab by restoring data.  This is especially true for datastores (e.g., SQL databases).
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
We use Backup Exec for our five server network. I perform an exchange mailbox folder and windows folder restore every long due to users deleting carelessly.  All restores work well. We use backup to disk. Currently on 2014 version.

Hope this helps!

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markperl1Author Commented:
It would see that Backup Exec is the clear winner! Thanks, guys!
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