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Topic # 58123 8-Mar-2010 22:05
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Hey guys, my dad is moving his small business from his corporate office to his home, He has asked me to setup everything

Whats going to be connected:
2 x Desktop with XP Pro SP3 (Nod32)
2 wrie modem
Kyocera Network printer (scaned files, ifax etc.)
Phone system

What I am thinking:
Connect 2 wire modem (has inbuilt firewall, wireless, content filtering etc.)
Connect two PCs to the network,

This is where im abit stuck, I have two options
1. Build WHS out of an old P4 box and save to network drives, from here use online backup to provide additional security, either jungle disk or mozy) My main reason for this is in the event of a HDD failure I could rebuild a new HDD with minimal down time.

2. Save all data locally to each PC and then back up to an external HDD (something like active sync), this external HDD will be keeped off site.

Additional requirements:
There is an additional employee that will work on the road, I read that one of the WHS add ins has the ability to back up to the WHS whether it was connected locally or via the internet. Can anyone tell me the name of this add in :)

When the employee comes to my dads home any new / modified files need to be uploaded to the WHS as well as take a smapshot of the image. will WHS automatically backup a laptop connected wirelessly once it has been detected on the network?

A cheap free way of controlling / mangaing PCs remotley. For this I will need to get my ISP to provide me with a static IP

Please let me know what you think


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  Reply # 305541 8-Mar-2010 22:18
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Windows Home Server will perform an image backup at the times specified in the setup - by default at night. It's not "automatic when it has been detected on the network".

It's possible to change this to daytime but in my experience the process that checks what sectors were changed is very intensive and make everything slow, so better to leave it to a time when no one is using the laptop.

It's possible to do a backup over wireless but don't. It's too slow for a backup that initially will copy the entire hard drive across, and later do incremental updates. Wireless is too unreliable.

You can do a backup over a VPN (which is not part of the basic software) but you will be incurring a lot of traffic making it very expensive to backup from outside your LAN.

To remote control PCs you don't need a static IP. Just use free. Logmein also develops Hamachi, a very easy to use VPN software if you want to go that way for backup (which I again do not recommend due to the size of backups).

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  Reply # 305553 8-Mar-2010 22:42
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Xtra provides free static ip's for all business plans free of charge.

The 2wire provides the ability to do remote access control, click services then remote access. (but log me in is easy)

If WHS suits your needs then go for it, however some basic NAS with online backup might be a simpiler way to achieve what you're after.

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