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Backup Solution for Bare Metal and VM

I was wondering here if someone can recommend me a backup solution that I could use now to backup some bare metal servers and then as I convert them to VMs I can still use the same backup software and not have to buy a dedicated backup solution for virtual, I have servers running Windows 2008 R2, Windows 2008 SMB, Exchange and SQL databases, preferable is there is a good solution for image base with granular recovery.

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I would use VMware Converter, to create the P2V, and then decide, which Backup Software you want to use in the Virtual Realm.

see my EE Article


The issue you will face, is you want to do two different functions Backup and Physical to Virtual.

Acronis, Storage Craft, Symantec Backup Exec all have bare metal backup and conversion products to VMs....

but they are not the strongest players in the virtual market!

You could use Veeam End Point backup now...


But it's not a P2V product....
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Hi Andrew, I can't really convert anything to VM right now, I'm 6 months away from doing it, but I need a backup solution ASAP and so I was trying to avoid paying for a solution to backup physical now and then having to pay for something else to backup virtuals at a later point.
If you need to backup both physical and virtual machines my vote would be for Unitrends.  It's not agentless like Veeam, but it is just as robust.

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StorageCraft has an MSP model when you pay monthly. If you are an MSP you can sign up and get licenses for physical servers now and change them to virtual server licenses later
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I'm obviously biased but while you're evaluating solutions I would definitely recommend checking out Carbonite. We can do image-based and file based backup and also back up your databases separately to provide for the granular recovery that you're looking for.

If you wanted to test it out we have a free 30 day trial of our backup which will let you test it out and see if it'll work for you. It even comes with free installation and free support: http://www.carbonite.com/en/cloud-backup/business-solutions/server-plans/try/
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Give Stellar Exchange backup tool a try, and see if it fulfill your requirement. You don't need to pay, as it is free for ninety days.
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I would encourage you to try before you buy!

It's not a popular choice!

Are you suggesting that you have no current physical backup software, to backup your physical machines ?
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Yes Andrew,
I don't have any backup solution right now, so I need to backup physicals right now and vms in 2 months from now. Any specific objection against Vembu? Also, I've sent you a message asking your recommendation on a 10gb card, can you please reply?

Thank you
It's not a popular choice!

I would recommend the Symantec Backup Exec Suite over Vembu, again everybody's requirements are different, evaluate and test before you jump in. All offer evaluations.

However the Bare Metal component of restore may not be offered as an evaluation you need to check and test the product.

I've sent you a message asking your recommendation on a 10gb card, can you please reply?

The messaging system is not designed for questions. Please post a question to the correct zone.
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Andrew I do generally open new threads when I want to hear a multitude of ideas and different possibilities, in this case I've made you a specific question on what you use on your daily environment, I'm not trying to take away your rewards, I just made a quick question, but thanks anyways.
Again, the messaging system is not designed for this. I'm not bothered about points I have enough, it's unfair that other Experts are not included in the personal communications.
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Looks like a great backup tool.

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