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My company has around 50 PCs and we would like to back up each one at 2:00 am. Is it possible? What software you suggest? Thanks
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All depends on type of data, how much data, where you would like it stored (on site/off site, budget etc.

Can you provide more info based on those questions?

There are several tools which can help you here:
Veeam Endpoint Backup Free:
Symantec Backup Exec (a complex software!)

Paragon Protect & Restore:

With these tools you can take backups of the remote machines via central console. Means remotely.
Some of these do full system backup only, Symantec can do both file level and drive level images.
50 PC's generally means you are in a domain. My suggestion is that you use some form of re-imaging to create standard images, and use folder redirection for users documents and restrict them from saving to the local hard drive.  
Your aim is to protect your data, programs can always be reinstalled. With the law of averages you will have at least 1 hard drive failure in year one increasing geometrically over time.  using reimaging tools i.e. Microsoft deployment toolkit one can get a new machine or system with a replaced hard drive backup and operational under 1 hour.

Backing up over the network is going to cause a problem both with network congestion and total data stored before it can be de-duplicated. Backing up locally means adding a new hard drive to every machine that is 2x the current hard drive space to hold the initial full backup and incremental backups. Now you need some form of centralized management to wake up the machines if powered off and to do the backup and to monitor backup success/failures especially failures.

With the knowledge that RAID is not backup one could RAID1 the computers drives and survive a 1 disk failure the problem being that users will see the disk failure and be given the option to hit escape to continue and will do so until the remaining drive fails.

Most operating systems have some sort of rudimentary backup solution that can be used but it is not centrally managed but can be configured using group policy.
I agree with David Johnson .

It is very difficult to create 50 images and transfer them over a network to a diferent location.

However, if you insist. Make backup with "Windows Backup" or "NT Backup" if you use Windows XP.

As per my initial comment
All depends on type of data, how much data, where you would like it stored (on site/off site, budget etc.
Once those questions are answered then a good solution can be suggested.

Centralising data (using folder redirection) is a good first step and then backing up that centralised data but again know how much data, where you would like it stored (on site/off site, budget etc. is going to be helpful.

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