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We are looking to do a complete backup of the windows 2008 server to an external drive. We have been using windows server built in backup utilities and find it very unreliable. What tools exist out there that will perform a complete backup?

Thanks for your help.

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closed as not a real question by Wesley, Shane Madden, Mark Henderson Dec 28 '11 at 5:42

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Closing as per reasons given at the bottom of WesleyDavid's answer – Mark Henderson Dec 28 '11 at 5:42

Might I suggest that if you find Windows Server Backup to be unreliable, you should look into the root cause of that before you look to get new software. You may have problems that will follow you no matter which backup software you use.

I've found Windows Server Backup to be reliable and have performed a full image restoration with success. The only trouble comes when you have separate applications that need special agents, such as databases. Your experiences of unreliability should be broken down to an atomic level to discern what exactly the problem is.

FYI, your post is what is referred to as a "shopping question" and will likely be closed shortly as per the ServerFault FAQ. However, consider Symantec Backup Exec, AppAssure Replay or FalconStor DiskSafe. No links are provided so that no implication of endorsement exists.

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