I currently have an acer setup as a server for my small business. I have windows 7 H-P along with Acronis True Image. I have been messing with Acronis to try and setup incremental backups of a HDD used to store all of my files and such for the business. I havent been doing too good figuring out how to set the program up to get it to work right. This I take full credit due to the fact that I've been busy and havent read much into how to set it up correctly. I know it has been backing everything up, but it has been making multiple backups, and i just dont have the time atm to read how to set it up the way i like.
My question to the forums is whether or not i should force myself to sit down and read how to set up my backup the way i want using Acronis, or would it be easier to purchase Windows Home Server?
Does Windows Home Server offer incremental backups of full HDD's on a daily schedule?
Does Windows Home Server even do a good job of backing up, and has anybody had problems with the OS?
Since you already have the Acronis it would save you cash to go through the instruction and use it.
I have been using Acronis in ~ 2 years now. In terms of backup i have 2 primary use for it.
1) Hard Drive Image File(Including c:\ or OS drive). Rebuilding is 30mins my OS and all Apps are loaded to any drive i wish to install it.
2) Regular incremental back for data and OS: It can be save on a separate drive, network drive, or DVD/BD-Disc.
Between full back and incremental backup is a matter of personal choice.
I also have Acronis and I've had to use it when I had to use chkdsk to identify and fix a issue with my C drive and another time when an upgrade went bad. Love it -- especially in comparison with Norton Ghost which I have on another PC.
I put my OS and all programs on my C drive -- no data. I run an image build on my C drive whenever I apply any kind of update/addition to any of my programs. That image file is put in the special partition Acronis set up on my C-drive (multiple full instances), on a USB drive which is never connected except when I'm doing backups, and an NAS drive that's always on. (On the two occasions when I had to restore the C-image, I used the Acronis partition one when I had an upgrade issue (since I needed to return to an earlier image), and I used the USB copy when I had to rebuild my HD.)
I use a number of different strategies for my data backup. I do not use an image build for my data backups, and at least one of my backups is done manually with straight copies, since I got burned once by using a WD/EMC backup utility.