i'm in the process of setting up simple automated backups for my home machines, with the intent to backup to a server on my lan. i've found the following site for using my mac's time machine backup software with a ubuntu server, but have so far been unable to do the same for windows. i have windows 7 machines with the "backup and restore center", which i hope to use due to it's ease and automation.
my goals then are: make windows 7 backup and restore center backup to a local linux server.
my problems are: i've been unable to mount a linux drive on my machines. i found ext2 ifs for windows (sorry can't post link, new user restrictions) but this is not available for windows 7 (installer is not willing to run on win7). i have also tried the simpler, "right click a linux folder and set to sharing". this seemed plausible but i could not determine what the domain should be. either the default domain (the name of my windows 7 machine) is not correct for the linux machine, or this mount method is not correct and no matter what username and password i use the operation will fail.
if all else truly fails i have considered running a windows 7 virtual machine, but this seems overly complex, wasteful, and possibly prone to not work any better.