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Windows 7: Best Backup for Small Business File Server!


08 Mar 2013   #1

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 
Best Backup for Small Business File Server!

Hello,

I work in a Architects office, we have a small network setup with Exchange Server and a File Server Machine. Our File Server is 640GB and it is almost 90% full, we used to have an IT guy but now he is gone.

It is very important for us to setup a backup system. Our network is run as follows:

1. Domain server,
2. Exchange Server
3. File Server (640GB)
4. 10-12 computers.

So what would be the best/cheap option for us to create a automatically backup of our file server. I was thinking in Setup a RAID 1, configuration in one of our computers with 2-2TB hardrives and get some software to backup the info regularly there.

We have not money to spend and we want to be able to use the hardware we already have?

Any help will be appreciated.


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08 Mar 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

In order to have an effective backup system so that the recovery time of the backed up data is efficient and so that you can recover from a disaster as efficiently as possible you will need to first need to state how much backup space you have and how these backups are going to be stored physically (Are they going to be easily stolen?) once you have that in mind you need to state what backup procedure you would like to implement since you would not have a never ending supply of backup capacity so that you can restore to any hour of any day if need be.

If you have enough storage capacity I would recommend you implement a Grandfather, Father and Son backup scheme. so that data can be retained for as long as possible and if a particular file needs to be restored from 2 months ago then it can.

Once you have chosen a backup scheme we can then help with how to backup your data. Firstly can I ask where the data you would like to backup is stored? Is it on the local server or the local machines? Also how was your data backed up previously?

Hope This Helps,
Josh
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08 Mar 2013   #3

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

The Data is store in the Local Server, about 640GB.
-We are planing to backup to a local machine, this local machine will have 2-1TB regular hard drives in RAID 1 configuration. (The system we plan to use is a good machine with Win 7, I7 processor and 8gb memory).
-We also have a external hard drive that I can keep @ home and bring it only to the office twice a month for backup.

-As for the storage capacity, I have the ok to buy couple of hard drives to make the backup work.

I don't really know how the IT guy used to back up the files, all I know that our server crash about a year a go and we all restore our files from an external hard drive, it was a mess because there were duplicated files within the same folders, I guess once we rename a file it will backup that file and the original, !!but it was the same file, just different name!!


Thanks a lot for your help
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08 Mar 2013   #4

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

I would look over this as well: Nested RAID levels - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Raid 1 is ok, but does not offer the most security. it is best to have multiple levels of protection.

In a Raid 1, with 2 HDD's if one HDD fails, the other retains the information, but if both fail, you lose all your data.

While Raid01 or Raid10, you have 4 HDD's and if 1 fails, your good, if 2 fail, your still good. and depending on the setup of mirroring and replication, you could lose 3 of 4 hardrives and stilll have your data...


I would suggest 4x 1TB HDD's or higher (like 2TB) to ensure future usage since you are already at 90% capacity with 680GB.

Drives are cheap compared to losing crucial business data. You can also look into cloud services, for critical data retention, but it is a bit more expensive than setting up locally yourself.
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08 Mar 2013   #5

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks, i will look into that, so I guess having a RAID DRIVES in a local machine connected to the server will do the trick, what about software,
Is there a good software that only backups the modified, new files?
Or everytime it will need to make an image of our server files?, this second option looks very demanding, its 600gb of info that will be backup everytime is schedule.

I will prefer some kind of software that only backups modified/new files.

Thanks
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08 Mar 2013   #6

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Have you looked at SyncToy?
SyncToy - Backup User Data
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08 Mar 2013   #7

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

give this a read as well (can't ever know too much on this): Backup rotation scheme - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

and here is a list of backup utilities: List of backup software - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I've used some of these on the list, but not for business practices or heavily... If Golden recommends Synctoy as a business app, I would try that out first. research some of the features of the other programs as well to see what will best meet your needs.
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09 Mar 2013   #8

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks for the responds, as far as I know now.
1. Yes I can backup our network drive in one of our local machines.
2. A RAID 1 setup will do the work for now, we have no money to spend in additional drives.
3. I am not too much interested in creating a backup/image of the server OS. All I care is the folders and files on the network drive. Our server has a harddrive that holds the microsoft windows server OS and a RAID configuration for our network drive) all I care is to backup these files and folders.
3. Please I need a strong recommendation of what software to use to backup the files and folder from the network drive. This will be do from the local machine wih the new RAID 1.
I heard about read about the incremental backups (!!! this is what i want) but he software is to expensive, norton, acronis, etc. over $600. Is there something cheaper?

Thanks
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09 Mar 2013   #9

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

See above and

Something else, our info is about 600gb. Ee have 10 stations, we handle a lot of info in a daily basis, Cad files, pictures and revit files, we can easily modify 20-30gb of data everyday.

Synctoy looks like a option, bu it seems to be used for desktops mostly.
Right now we use a external hard drive but its a pain in the ass, we get a lot of errors trying to copy big folders, 20gb, errors like the path is too long, and/or the file name.
Our office require to create a lot of subfolders and hundreds of files.

Thanks
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09 Mar 2013   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badassjoe View Post
3. Please I need a strong recommendation of what software to use to backup the files and folder from the network drive
SyncToy will do that - give it a try.
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