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How does WHS wake up a client machine to back it up? Do you have to install some kind of agent on the client, or do you simply create an SMB share for each directory you want backed up to the server?
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How does WHS wake up a client machine to back it up? Do you have to install some kind of agent on the client, or do you simply create an SMB share for each directory you want backed up to the server?
It wakes the client machine up through Wake On Lan (WOL), assuming the NIC on your computer supports WOL.

Then you just configure your backup preferences for your client machines.
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It wakes the client machine up through Wake On Lan (WOL), assuming the NIC on your computer supports WOL.

Then you just configure your backup preferences for your client machines.
The WoL part I understand. So are you saying the WHS simply reaches into your client machine's storage and pulls the files? How does it get access? Surely there'd be an explicit setting on the client to say,"these files are exposed"?

What about security?
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The WoL part I understand. So are you saying the WHS simply reaches into your client machine's storage and pulls the files? How does it get access? Surely there'd be an explicit setting on the client to say,"these files are exposed"?

What about security?
You install WHS connector software which allows you to connect to the console and set back ups.
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You install WHS connector software which allows you to connect to the console and set back ups.

Ahhhh, now I understand. I knew there had to be something client side. Cheers.
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Hi! Thank you for looking here to see if you could help.


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Looking at the scenario, is there an easy way to do this? I do not know how I could set up automatic backups.. could you point me towards a solution?

Thank you!
WHSv1 can do everything you want. WHSv2 Vail will also work but lacks a major feature of WHSv1, Drive extender. It will backup all your pcs but it doesnt make an image file like some program it basically backs the files up individually and creates an index of the hdds. If there are files that are the same on 2 or more of the machines it only backs it up once. You can open up any of the backups and extract any file. It also will allow you to recover the drive from the network if the pc fails. I have done this several times and is quick of Gbit ethernet. Now, I recommend version 1 because it has drive extender, it creates a drive pool instead and creates dynamic shared folders allow you to plug more hdds in as needed. The data in the shared folders can be duplicated across multiple drives saving space over a raid 1. You can also backup the server. If you lose a drive you may lose a pc backup but the share data folder will be secure. If the system drives fails you can retrieve data off the drives. There is dozen of plugins for it including utorrent. You can use Remote desktop to get into it also it can be accessed from a web page and I also use logmein free to access it. It is simple to manage, and is affordable ~$100.
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