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# 136685 5-Dec-2013 13:00
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I am trying to set up a reliable backup system for my parents business. I have tried synctoy & fbackup, both with great disaster. I have tried a few other programs that didn't do anything remotely close to what I needed.

Each computer has it's own file structure, and needs a copy backed up to a remote server. The backup for each machine needs to have the same directory structure, so we can instantly access a particular file from another machine if needed.

I currently have tonido running on a linux server at one location, and there are 2 Win XP clients at another location, and 2 Win 7 clients at a 3rd location. Each of the clients have tonido drive installed, and running as network drive H:\

I need a way that I can regularly backup (preferred scheduled) to the client machine's specified folder on H:\, and ideally only backup any changed or new files. Also, if a backup program allowed me to initally transfer all backup files via a USB stick to the server, and then use the network drive to maintain the backup, it would solve a lot of hassle, as the initial backup is going to take quite some time.

The problem I had with synctoy is that when the backup failed for whatever reason (usually due to the poor internet connection at location 2), it would not be able to resume, and had to rebuild its database and start again.

fbackup did the inititial backup ok on the machine I tested it on, but the scheduled events never happened. Although the log on the client stated it was successful, there were nil changes on the server, and the entire backup process took less than 30 seconds.

Has anyone got any solutions? If I can use one of the existing programs, or if you have a better option, it would be appreciated.

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  # 946053 5-Dec-2013 13:17
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I've used Dropbox a few times as a backup solution.  

Benefits are:

 

  • Files are backed up straight away
  • File version history
  • Web access to files
  • File sharing of files and folders.

Downsides are:

 

  • Initial load takes a while
  • Depending on how it is set up there is the potential for file sync conflicts
  • eats into your monthly internet traffic.

While by default you can't have Dropbox running without having a user logging on it is easy to get around that limitation and have it running as a service.

Also if each machine has less than 2GB of data you can use the free version for each machine.

Craig



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  # 946412 6-Dec-2013 09:44
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Thanks for the idea.

I have played around with the online cloud services, however they just didn't seem up to the task. I did forget to note that we are talking about 10+ GB per machine easily, plus I have more machines at the same location as the server that use around 1.5TB of backup and are connected via LAN, so moving into the cloud is not viable at this stage.

 
 
 
 


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  # 946417 6-Dec-2013 10:01
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Free and easy - Bittorrent Sync.
I'm using this more and more and it just works.

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  # 946428 6-Dec-2013 10:07
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For Windows systems I use FreeFileSync for syncing files. It didn't rebuild it's database last time I lost a link and restarted the sync.

There's more options in this article which has links to reviews of free backup and imaging software.

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  # 958465 28-Dec-2013 22:37
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Have you looked into windows home server 2011 or his bigger brother server 2012 essentials. Both version can be set to take a complete backup of the client as well as the server. Client backups can be scheduled. Plus you get remote web access to all your files. Call it your own cloud if you wish.

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  # 958496 29-Dec-2013 01:49
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I've used AllSync in the past with good success.

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