Anything wrong with Window server backup?

Abraham Deutsch
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Looking for a basic backup for a server 2008, in small office environment, active directory, DNS, DHCP and 1TB of date. to a USB external hard drive. will window built in backup serve the purpose, or there is a need to go with third party software.
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Yes it will.  "Windows Server Backup is intended for use by everyone who needs a basic backup solution—from small business to large enterprises—but is even suited for smaller organizations or individuals who are not IT professionals." - Read here for more info - https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc772523(v=ws.11).aspx

However, I prefer to use a 3rd party. If you are in a small office chances are that if your server is toast then you will be replacing it with a different hardware unless if you have a similar spare server already on hand.  3rd party tools allow you to do this easily.

I usually use Acronis or Norton but if you want something more affordable I have heard good things about Backup Assist.
I've used Windows Server Backup in small networks with great success and do recommend it, with some reservations.

Wayne makes an excellent comment about trying to restore to different hardware.  This is far less of an issue if you are running the server as a VM, though.

WSB (before Server 2012) will not work with 4k sector external drives, which can be a big limitation.  This eliminates all drives over 2T and some below that size.  It can be difficult to determine if a drive uses (or emulates) 512-byte sectors without having it on hand to test.

I've seen comments by people on EE that they've had problems restoring form a WSB backup, but I've not run into that.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Any solution you choose, you need to TEST and confirm you understand how it works and that it's working.  You don't want to take advice here and then 2 years later learn that you missed something or it stopped working and you didn't notice.
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Sean Plemons Kelly, CISSPInformation Systems Security Engineer

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Windows Server Backup will work fine for the purpose and scope you describe.
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As CompProbSolv points out that server backup will not work with a drive larger then 2TB this may be a issue with a TB data even only keeping 3 full copy's (a full copy is recommended after 10 incremental) does not seam to work.
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Is window FILE backup reliable?
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Thank you for your advice

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