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We have two servers that need to be backed up regularly. Currently we backup important files nightly to our NAS with Cobian Backup and they are incremental backups (only files that have changed). Also, nightly we run a Windows Server Backup of everything to another hard drive in each machine.

What we'd like to do is have a complete clone of the hard drive done every 2 weeks or month. Are there any programs (preferably free or at least have a fully functioning demo so we can try it) that can image a hard drive to a NAS automatically? We want to be able to put this image back on a hard drive and have the server fully functioning.
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I use Acronis 2011 for complete backups of our main scada servers. takes a full day to do a 2 terabyte drive using Western Digital portable drive
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Are you using a single drive or a RAID? For a single disk to disk clone i recommend norton ghost or Acronis like Not suggested. If you are trying to clone a RAID, you can clone the raid to a single disk and then from the single disk back to a RAID if you need to. Free network imaging software does not exist I would recommend norton Ghost Cast for network imaging, it works great. My current job and last one used Norton Ghost cast and I have yet to run into a problem with it.

Edit: Ok I lied, you can try this but I highly recommend paying for your network imaging software as it is generally more reliable and works better.
http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
Edited by UsedPaperclip - 7/27/11 at 11:02am
post #4 of 11
Aside from Acronis, this might help . . .

http://www.todo-backup.com/business/free-backup.htm
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We are using just single disks. Since we are using Server 2008, Acronis is over $800 and Norton (Symantec Ghost) wants us to buy 5+ licenses. However, their server licenses are only like $40 so they are more reasonable and 5 of them would only run us $200.

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Aside from Acronis, this might help . . .

http://www.todo-backup.com/business/free-backup.htm
I'll check that out too, thanks!

edit: Yeah, most of the "Free" versions won't work on Server 2008. Which makes sense, of course, but since there are so many versions of free backup software offered I would have thought there would be a free imaging solution.
Edited by IEATFISH - 7/27/11 at 11:06am
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post #6 of 11
Yea arcronis and norton are pretty much the best but of course, they are expensive. I really do recommend ghost cast though, might cost money but I promise you guys will not be disappointing.
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I use Acronis for work all the time, it works great
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I was going to suggest Acronis, but you have looked at that option, and the cost is high.

I do have to say it is a great imaging software. I use it myself.
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post #9 of 11
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I've used both Acronis, Norton, and Paragon products in the past and they have all impressed me for sure. Our business, however, is rather small at the moment and dropping ~$1000 for software to clone the 2 servers is a bit hard to swallow since we already back up our main files. However, I'm sure they'll be used in the future when we either get more servers or wish to do more comprehensive backups.

And as of now, Symantec isn't too unreasonable with their licenses. We'd have to buy 3 more than we need but I'm sure we could find a use for them.

edit: Another option might be that I just do manual backups with Clonezilla for the time being. We really only need them monthly at the moment, just to make it so we don't have to reinstall all the programs.
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edit: Yeah, most of the "Free" versions won't work on Server 2008. Which makes sense, of course, but since there are so many versions of free backup software offered I would have thought there would be a free imaging solution.
Clonezilla. It can backup to image or clone to another disk. Works over networks too.
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edit: Another option might be that I just do manual backups with Clonezilla for the time being. We really only need them monthly at the moment, just to make it so we don't have to reinstall all the programs.
That's the path I'd take.
     
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