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Does WS 2012 have the client backup feature like WS 2012 Essential?

This is basically the bare-metal backup feature in WHS.
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Nope. That's something only given with the Small Business editions of WIndows Server, now called "Essentials", as it requires a client-side application.

That being said, if you configure all your settings via group policy and use roaming profiles and/or redirected folders, there's nothing you really need to back up. You can have it set up where as soon as you connect a computer to your domain it installs all your programs and reconfigures everything you want from scratch. Even better than a backup IMO.
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Nope. That's something only given with the Small Business editions of WIndows Server, now called "Essentials", as it requires a client-side application.
That being said, if you configure all your settings via group policy and use roaming profiles and/or redirected folders, there's nothing you really need to back up. You can have it set up where as soon as you connect a computer to your domain it installs all your programs and reconfigures everything you want from scratch. Even better than a backup IMO.

Darn..... I guess I'm migrating to Amahi or just set up a Windows 8 machine and run RoboCopy scripts.

Do you know if the Storage Spaces of W8 is the same implementation as in WS2012? Basically, is Storage Spaces enterprise ready?

Yes, but that's much more initial work. Does it have to re-install everything each time it boots up with another user?
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Darn..... I guess I'm migrating to Amahi or just set up a Windows 8 machine and run RoboCopy scripts.
Do you know if the Storage Spaces of W8 is the same implementation as in WS2012? Basically, is Storage Spaces enterprise ready?
Yes, but that's much more initial work. Does it have to re-install everything each time it boots up with another user?

I haven't looked really deep into storage spaces, but it seems like the Windows 8 version is virtually the same. I think the only difference between the two is support for failover clustering. I wouldn't call it 'enterprise ready' though. For example, when you create a partiy-based pool, there isn't any option for doing a scheduled patrol read to make sure the data is consistent. And when you add disks to a pool, data isn't distributed evenly to the new disks so you can't predict performance reliably. So it's really more of a SOHO feature.

It's true that there's a lot of initial work with that sort of setup, but you only have to do it once and virtually all the settings carry over to new versions of Windows when they come out. And if you're in the habit of building and upgrading PCs a lot, then the amount of time you save on installations can be by far greater than the time spent setting up the server to do it for you.

And you can configure application installations however you like - per computer or per user. You can even install an application on the server and use terminal services to run it on clients (great for getting use out of old PCs).
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