What backup software would you recommend for Windows Server 2008?

We recently upgraded a server (32 bit) from Windows 2003 to Windows 2008.  In Windows 2003 was simple to schedule auto backups.

Does not appear to be the case in Windows 2008.  Can auto backups be scheduled in Windows 2008? If not, please recommend
good backup software.  Thanks
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DeepinInfrastructure Engineer Commented:
Windows 2008 does have Windows backup - link below on how to install

This will allow you to backup files/folders - just like windows 2003 windows backup did

Second link will help you configure a schedule


BiopsychAuthor Commented:
I should have been clearer in my post.  I have it installed but seems to be different from the backup function in 2008 R2.  Could not install 2008 R2 since the server is 32 bit. Had to install Server 2008 (not R2).
DeepinInfrastructure Engineer Commented:
Everyone will have there own preference of backup software, but i would recommend Symantec backup exec  - one of the most common ones used
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Ben HartCommented:
Unless Symantec Backup Exec changed their crappy 'client based' format back to 'Job  based' then I'd not recommend it.  I still use BUE 2010 because of that reason.. I don;t want to create a job per client.. I want one job with all my clients.. whether it's full, incremental or etc.
BiopsychAuthor Commented:
Main issue is that 1) can not do a full metal backup  and does not allow you to choose anything but
once per day and the entire C drive.
BiopsychAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your input -

Anyone else have any comments on BUE 2010 vs. Symantec backup exec?  Thanks
Ben HartCommented:
That is.. horrible. I'd be so far inclined as to say you might be better off trying something like this even: http://www.iperiusbackup.com/software-backup-free.aspx

btw.. BUE = Backup Exec
The built-in backup tool of 2008 isn't yet as good as that of 2008 r2. If you don't want to invest too much, I can recommend paragon software for your backups, it is far better than Symantec or Acronis, and less expensive. If you need something high-end, then it would be shadow-protect from StorageCraft. It really is the best product on the market, but it is also more expensive than Paragon.


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BiopsychAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your suggestions.  It will be awhile before I get a chance to compare these options.
To avoid a long delay in distributing the points, I divided the points in what I thought was the fairest way without my actually trying the software.

thanks again,
it depends on money to be honest....

if money isnt an issue i would do full metal backups with backup exec

if it is then i would backup the local c drive and system state with the native backup and backup the data to the cloud....
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