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#1 Groovedude

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 16:45

Hi there Techy guys :)..

got a little idea i want to implement into my current network setup in my house.
i have a server box running win2008 r2.
what i want to do is at a certain time on "one" day of the week, i would like a certain folder to be backed up to the server.
how would i implement this?

would it just be a case of map network drive of the machine i want to backup on the server? and use the standard backup tool that is in windows2008 ?

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#2 vetColin-uk

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 16:53

yeah i think that would do the job if the server was turned on all the time.

#3 OP Groovedude

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 17:03

yeah server is always on...

what would happen if the machine it was trying to backup was offline (meaning the map was down) would it retry the next time it was on?

#4 +Bryan R.

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 17:07

When you create a backup job it actually creates a standard scheduled job which you can manually edit in Administrative Tools -> Task Scheduler. In the properties of the job, under the Settings tab, there is "If the task fails, retry every:".

#5 sc302

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 17:16

or you could set a copy job to copy your data to the server mapped drive and schedule it. just another way of doing it.

#6 +Bryan R.

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 17:27

Speaking of other ways: What about storing this data on the server? I don't mean to be intrusive but if data is important enough to be backed up and you have a machine worthy of being a Server, I would rather my data be there and access it via a mapped drive on the PC. Just a thought.

#7 OP Groovedude

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 17:39

Speaking of other ways: What about storing this data on the server? I don't mean to be intrusive but if data is important enough to be backed up and you have a machine worthy of being a Server, I would rather my data be there and access it via a mapped drive on the PC. Just a thought.


not a bad idea :)... i like the idea of having 2 copys. just incase :shifty:

#8 +Bryan R.

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 17:45

not a bad idea :)... i like the idea of having 2 copys. just incase :shifty:

I am only assuming that your server is in fact of server grade hardware or configuration (Redundant RAID?). If it is then I would store this data on the server and backup to your PC or some place else. Of course there are other factors that may invalidate this suggestion such as not having gigabit speeds.

#9 sc302

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 17:59

If it is a pc and not a laptop, redirect your files to my documents and point my docs to your user share which in most corporate scenerios get backed up once a day.

For example,
I have a daily backup that gets overwriten every other week, I have a monthly rotation that gets overwritten every 6 months, and I have a yearly rotation that gets overwritten yearly.

If you don't catch your oops within 2 weeks time, shame on you, but I could go back to last month or the month before or 6 months ago or end of year. Most of the time it is within a day or two and I can restore it for the user. I have had to do this with files, database objects and mail objects. If you have a good backup solution and IT is on top of it, you won't have an issue when it comes down to getting your files. They may even have volume shadow copy enable to help with backup so that it is faster than going through the backup software. Many ways to do the same thing and cover your ass.