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January 8, 2014 12:31:59 PM

I need to come up with a storage solution for a small business, I have 3 basic needs:

Backup/Recovery
Central data storage
Data Protection

Would I be better off using a NAS? Or just building a Server and running something like CrashPlan?

I'm looking for something >2TB in raid 1, and have the ability to work on documents with multiple users.

I'm pretty much open to anything at this point so any suggestions are appreciated.

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a b G Storage
January 8, 2014 12:34:49 PM

if it was still around i'd have windows home server.
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a b G Storage
January 8, 2014 12:47:04 PM

yep, it'll backup every machine (up to10) every day, provide a bare metal restore capability, allow duplication of declared folders, and sharing...
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a b G Storage
January 8, 2014 12:48:01 PM

personally i prefer whs 1.1, not 2011 as it allows for disk pooling, which also allows for simple expansion by putting another disk in, and adding it to the pool.
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a c 940 G Storage
January 8, 2014 3:46:43 PM

There are add-in's available for 2011 which bring storage pooling back :-)
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a b G Storage
January 8, 2014 11:46:15 PM

popatim said:
There are add-in's available for 2011 which bring storage pooling back :-)


and they are meant to be stable now, would i trust them for a client? Dunno. If win8 was able to backup other clients you could use that.
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January 9, 2014 7:15:31 AM

Can WHS pull a backup from a connected PC? If so, I think this may be the way to go since I don't want to rely on the users to bakup their data.

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a b G Storage
January 9, 2014 7:38:27 AM

WHS will backup every machine every day without user intervention, it'll keep incremental copies and slowly get rid of versions based on how old they are, so you'll have daily copies for the last 2 weeks, weekly for the last 2 months, and so on. I;ve been using to maintain 3 laptops, a HTPC and my main machine for the last 3-4 years now. No problems, have been able to rebuild a machine from a corrupted OS in 2hrs over GBe.
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January 9, 2014 7:43:22 AM

13thmonkey said:
WHS will backup every machine every day without user intervention, it'll keep incremental copies and slowly get rid of versions based on how old they are, so you'll have daily copies for the last 2 weeks, weekly for the last 2 months, and so on. I;ve been using to maintain 3 laptops, a HTPC and my main machine for the last 3-4 years now. No problems, have been able to rebuild a machine from a corrupted OS in 2hrs over GBe.


I'm all over this. It's exactly what I'm looking for. What hardware specs should I be looking for? (CPU speed and # of cores, Ram, HDD space, etc...)
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a b G Storage
January 9, 2014 8:22:52 AM

I'm using a dual core athlon II, with 2Gb of ram but thats for WHS1.1 and a light workload, and I wanted low power (50-60W total)

low end quad, 4GB RAM should be fine. The Mobo pick is important from the point of view of SATA ports, I'd also ensure you have 4 ram slots, as then you can add another 4GB if needed, i'm not reallu sure what it uses the RAM for, mine idles at just under 1GB usage, get the 'lights out' add in and you can programme on and off times too.
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a b G Storage
January 9, 2014 8:52:17 AM

Oh and the other benefit over a NAS, this is all perfectly std hardware, std psu, std mbo etc. if you need to replace the mobo and reinstall, the libraries will still be in place on the other disks.
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a b G Storage
January 10, 2014 11:30:52 AM

please note 10 machines only (I think). have a mooch around 'we got served' they've loads of stuff on WHS.
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