Windows Server 2008 Backup Utility questions

Dell / XPS M1530
July 28, 2011 at 08:19:26
Specs: Windows Vista

I'm interning at a small business who runs Windows Server 2008. I'm looking into doing some backup work for them but I've never used Windows Server 2008 and have a few questions I'm confused about when using the integrated Windows Server Backup utility.

1. If I attach an external USB HDD to the server, can I backup and access different versions of backups? For instance, if I back up Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday every week, will it overwrite last week Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday backups? Or would this be considered backing it up remotely?

2. Does the WSB encrypt the backups? I understand I can right click on every folder and file and encrypt them but when the backups are produced, are they encrypted?

3. Can I run onsite and offsite back ups? I guess this would include media rotation for more than one external hard drive but also could I run a program like Carbonite simultaneously with WSB? Would there be any conflicts?

Thank you in advance for your time.

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July 29, 2011 at 12:27:00
I think you are mixing backup concepts. You need to be clear what is what.

1. you are not referring to different versions of backups. Different versions refer to different 3rd party backup utilities being able to read other party's backups. You are referring to simply different dated backups.

Remote backup is done over a distance like over a wan or network. What you refer to is a local backup.

2. Windows backup does not encrypt backups. Only 3rd party software does this. Encrypting a backup is not the same as encrypting files and folders on the server.

3. you can not run two backups softwares at the same time. you can run them at different times so neither is trying to backup at the same time.

Hope this helps

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October 18, 2011 at 00:24:57
IT seems you have know more about the backup for Windows Server. There is no need to worry about whether your backup files would be overwritten. But there is a data management mechanism, that's when Windows detects the place where you store the backup files is running out of disk space. It would automatically eliminates the old and useless backup files. This is the case when you do schedule backup.

If you wanna encrypt the backup files or make some settings, like compression, splitting, email notification and more. you'd better choose a trustable backup program. NOW, you must have seen a lot of posts complaining the WSB for it is very buggy.

In fact, third party one is very compatible and won't cause any conflicts for Windows Server. most of them are very cost-effective. why not try some of them.

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