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Domain PC Backup to Domain Controller / File Server

I am looking for a good solution for domain backup to the file server. I am currently using a tool called Cobian backup to backup to the server through a mapped drive scenario on the workstations but I need something else.

I hate backup exec from Symantec as it always breaks. I just need simple file backup to the server through an individual mapped drive or folder connection that is unique to the user. Please assist. I have not seen a solid answer on this. Thanks.
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  1. Windows has built in backup solutions that are designed to work on AD-DS domains. Have you looked into those?
  2. Pinhedd said:
    Windows has built in backup solutions that are designed to work on AD-DS domains. Have you looked into those?


    Such as? If you are talking about offline file folders. I have currently a server 2008 R2 domain with AD and all the workstations are XP. Please advise.
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    I guess I'm a little confused about what you are looking for, and what you are looking to do. If you are meaning you only want to copy select files and folders, not an entire system state, from one computer to another or from one source to another destination, then try taking a look at FBackup. I just found this one myself recently, and seems to be pretty nice for a free utility. You can have it run in the background and perform scheduled backups, and select either compressed (to a single ZIP file) or uncompressed (in the original file format) for the backup.
  4. resmypc said:
    Pinhedd said:
    Windows has built in backup solutions that are designed to work on AD-DS domains. Have you looked into those?


    Such as? If you are talking about offline file folders. I have currently a server 2008 R2 domain with AD and all the workstations are XP. Please advise.


    Oh. Microsoft added much improved backup utilities with Windows Vista. There's a utility that's present in NT, 2000, and XP called ntbackup but there are much better commercial solutions.
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