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Hi,
I'm QB POS on a "server" (really just a Dell workstation, but the CPU needs aren't too demanding for this software). All in all everything seems fine on the QB POS server except for when it comes to back up. My worry is for hardware failure. Because as of now the software does do backups, but it remains local on the actual server. I can of course take those files and copy them safely somewhere else, but it's kind of cumbersome to do on a daily basis. Anyway I'm looking for something like an external hard drive I can buy (really as long as this thing isn't over $1k, then the price is no big deal to me). That will just mirror/copy/backup this server on a daily basis at like 7 PM (after work hours) or something. Then in the case of failure, I can just use this external hard drive to upload it's files onto another computer I can use.

Any recommendations? Someone told me to use something called Buffalo NAS? Not sure if he was talking about this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822165289).

Anyway help please.

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Any NAS that supports iSCSI would be best, that way you connect it to your server so it appears as a local disk. You won't have to change your backup structure, just point them towards the new disk.

Give some more info relating OS and budget would help1
     
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Any NAS that supports iSCSI would be best, that way you connect it to your server so it appears as a local disk. You won't have to change your backup structure, just point them towards the new disk.
Give some more info relating OS and budget would help1

pretty much this, my NAS is mapped to all my computers and appears as a local disk on each.. so in your case on your server / dell just mapped it to that by running the NAS manger software to easily accomplish this smile.gif
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Budget...within a couple hundred bucks, but it needs to be REAL easy..like SO easy a cave man could do it...

honestly all it's going to back up is my Quickbooks Company File..which is like a couple hundred megabytes, on a nightly basis.

I just need it to do it automatically, so that way in case the QB server fails. All we would need to do is get one of our spare computers, re-install quickbooks, take the backup company file from the NAS or whatever, copy it onto the new "server", then it should be all good to go from there.

I'm leaving the company and we don't have any IT people there, so I need it to be as easy peezy as possible, but it is a family business so I still do care about it wink.gif.

I'm possibly even debating just setting up some online back up through a service like MOZY. Since for the amount of storage we're gonna use it'd probably only run like $5/month. Anyone have any experience with that?

I guess I could just use NAS, it seems like it's pretty easy. I just need the software to be pretty easy to use. Don't really want to deal with image/ghost files. Just something that literally just COPIES the folder that the company file is in on a daily basis automatically. Then I can go into it in case of failure, and just copy it back to the new server in emergency situation.


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post #5 of 7
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pretty much this, my NAS is mapped to all my computers and appears as a local disk on each.. so in your case on your server / dell just mapped it to that by running the NAS manger software to easily accomplish this smile.gif

For whatever reason QB POS will NOT allow me to re-direct where it saves the company file. So the only thing I can do is manually save a back up copy of the company file on a regular basis onto our current NAS drives. The company file itself remains on the local server/pc in it's C drive (it's annoying). So I literally need some software for either an external hard drive or even online server that I can schedule to every night just copy the "C:/windows/users/public/qb/company file" folder every night....and i'll be good to go. I mean I assume this is a very easy thing I'm asking for. Just trying to find out which software, online service, or external hard drive to go with.
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ok for this have a look at robocopy to mange your back-ups smile.gif
http://www.overclock.net/t/1125994/seans-data-backup-guide-using-robocopy
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Originally Posted by stubass View Post

ok for this have a look at robocopy to mange your back-ups smile.gif
http://www.overclock.net/t/1125994/seans-data-backup-guide-using-robocopy

Robocopy will work fine, it is an under advertised tool, but one that is part of most Sys Admins toolboxes!
     
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