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I had this question after viewing Backing up Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials to multiple external USB hard drives.

I am setting up a new server with above software.  Backup options seem VERY limited.  Cannot skip weekends, cannot have more than 1 type of backup (a full image at 10PM, a files backup at 3AM,etc), it deletes the backup plan made previously;  no retention rules for deleting old backups.  I would like to have 5 external hard drives (Mon-Fri) switched daily.  Is this possible with the included software or do I need Novastore, Acronis, etc.
Thank you!
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You can rotate 5 drives. But if you want media protection or any other options you listed, you'll have to go 3rd party. Not unique to essentials. Standard has the same limitations.
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Appreciate your quick response.  VERY disappointing that Microsoft didn't do better for server software
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