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I have WHS "Vail" running on a 4TB sever, as Vail is still in Beta, I havn't moved everything to the server yet, it's more for backups & testing at this point. I would however like to backup the sever to hardware that I could store at a differenct location. I currently am using just over a 1TB server space, however I would like to be able to completly backup the sever as it fills up too. I am currently at 460 GB used for duplication. I'm not quite sure which is the best way to backup & restore. I considered using a hardrive dock with a 2TB drive, but that might be too small as the sever fills up, also with usb 2, it might be a bit on the slow side.
Would a NAS be a better solution, I don't know if would be feaseable, or even possible to restore a WHS box with a NAS. Would something like this work with 2 2TB drives installed JBOD.

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Oh man. I am in the same boat. I am trying to figure what is the best way. I thought of using norton ghost to clone the full system image (with the backups ), but that is a terrible solution. How is vail? I am still kinda on the older release.
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There are a couple of options for backing up a WHS box. The easiest involves adding an external hard-drive and during drive initialization configuring the drive for server backup only.

External Drive Backup

Also might be a good idea to backup the system state:

Backup System State

Cloning with ghost wouldn't work because of WHS software "raid". Ghost wouldn't understand the partition scheme and would fail on restore.
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Oh man. I am in the same boat. I am trying to figure what is the best way. I thought of using norton ghost to clone the full system image (with the backups ), but that is a terrible solution. How is vail? I am still kinda on the older release.
I'm liking Vail a lot, I can't compare agains WHS1 as I never used it. However Vail has an option to backup the server, I just need the storage, be it external drive, internal drive in a dock or a NAS if possible. I may just get an external 2TB drive to make sure I'm covered for now.
I work with a guy that just had his appartment cleaned out by thieves lost his laptop, pics, vids, files, stuff you can't replace, which made me think I should get my act in gear & make sure my server is backed up & stored in a secure location.
    
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I will be testing out Vail next week...in my AMD build
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i wish vail supported domains... it would be such an easy backup solution.

Im running it in a hyper-v instance on my 2008 r2 box, but its doing nothing but acting as a torrent box atm.
    
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Instead of using a NAS box, consider using an eSATA box that supports multiple drives through port multiplier.

Here's a cheap example of such a beast, there are others which may be better. Currently, I just have a single-drive eSATA enclosure with a 2TB in it, but I'll have to go this way sooner or later.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-029-_-Product

Even WHSv1 can back up the server, I'm doing so with my MediaSmart EX490. You just need add-ons if you wish to do so automatically rather than manually.
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Instead of using a NAS box, consider using an eSATA box that supports multiple drives through port multiplier.

Here's a cheap example of such a beast, there are others which may be better. Currently, I just have a single-drive eSATA enclosure with a 2TB in it, but I'll have to go this way sooner or later.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-029-_-Product

Even WHSv1 can back up the server, I'm doing so with my MediaSmart EX490. You just need add-ons if you wish to do so automatically rather than manually.
Thanks for the suggestion, I give that one a look. After doing some research, it appears a NAS box won't work for a WHS backup, the backup hardware has to connect directly to the server box, I have also seen some people mention a 2 TB limit for a single backup, but I don't know if that's true, I'll keep diggin I guess.
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I tried yesterday to create a 4TB RAID 0 as my main boot/system partition. I could not - intel RAID will only allow 2TB as MAX. So I am back to RAID 10 (Which technically from all the test that I did...is as good as RAID 0).

I know only certain motherboards with UEFI BIOS (something like that)...I am sure the newer (probably after Q2) sandy bridge motherboards might support that. But hopefully by the time Ivy Bridge comes out - the 2TB limitation will be removed. I don't know why computer makers have these arcane issues. DOS had 640KB, and then FAT 16 had 2GB, FAT 32 had some limitation too...etc...and these issues were on top of the motherboards of the time. You get the picture.

Bottom line - You can use 2TB+ as partition just not a boot drive yet (very few pcs can do that right now).

Hope this helps
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