Backup data to external storage.

emi_sastra used Ask the Experts™
Hi All,

Is there a practical way to backup data from operational server to backup server or public storage like google drive and etc.

Thank you.
Watch Question

Do more with

Expert Office
EXPERT OFFICE® is a registered trademark of EXPERTS EXCHANGE®
AlexSenior Infrastructure Analyst

Well it depends on how much and your infrastructure, if you're backing up to an external drive, something like robocopy would facilitate this quite well.

What data are you backing up as well? Backing up databases to the cloud isn't possible without the correct software.


I'd use RoboCopy (if Widows) or RSync (if Linux), as both are free and come with the server OS.

Contributor as IT Expert
If you want backup files you can use any backup software
if you want backup database that backup software should support database agent . or offline take the database .

I suggest use

Ensure you’re charging the right price for your IT

Do you wonder if your IT business is truly profitable or if you should raise your prices? Learn how to calculate your overhead burden using our free interactive tool and use it to determine the right price for your IT services. Start calculating Now!

AlexSenior Infrastructure Analyst

Backup exec is quite expensive for what it is, until you know the type of data they are wanting to backup it'll be hard to recommend a decent solution. Likelihood is robocopy would facilitate this well, plus it's free.

Backup exec is very easy to use, pretty reliable, but the cost is a defining factor.
nociSoftware Engineer
Distinguished Expert 2018

rsync for non-windows systems for plain files.
Then again if storing data on public site you may want to encrypt the data.
Then a proper   archiver (star, cpio, ...) can create a single file you can store encrypted.

At least all data needs to be preserved that includes ACL's, ownership , access mask as well as content.


Hi All,

Thank you very much for your help.

Do more with

Expert Office
Submit tech questions to Ask the Experts™ at any time to receive solutions, advice, and new ideas from leading industry professionals.

Start 7-Day Free Trial