Small non-profit seeks automated backup for Windows file server
August 20, 2014 9:38 AM Subscribe
Our organization recently bought a new file server (running Server 2012), but the old server probably has a few years of life remaining in it. I'd like to place the old server at the opposite end of the building and use it to host real-time backups through the LAN.
posted by alex1965 to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
We already do nightly backups to external USB drives, but these backups are "dumb" and do not include versioning. Ideally, I'd like to implement an automated backup system that would have the following characteristics:
- The backup would be done in real-time. Or, if real-time is not feasible, at least it would be done more often than just once per day.
- Files that are locked (in use) would still be backed up.
- Backups would be done with versioning, and I could specify the number past versions that would be saved.
- Files that are deleted on the source would not be automatically deleted on the backup.
- I could exclude certain filetypes and directories from being backed up.
- The backup program would be freeware or open source, or at least would be reasonably priced.
- The backup software should have enough of a user base that I can be fairly confident that it's reliable.
- The OS on the backup server doesn't matter to me -- it can be Ubuntu, or FreeNAS, or Windows 7, or whatever.
I've tried Googling this myself, but my head is swimming with all the different options that are out there, and the pros and cons of all of them.