In short, can I use a WHS as the backup agent to fetch data from our windows-based servers and perform backups to a Synology nas?
We just purchased a Synology 8-bay nas as our onsite backup device. We have several legacy servers as well as some newer file servers, all of them need daily backup and some of them weekly.
However, I soon found out the Data Replicator3 that comes with it doesn't function like we thought it would be. Its backup ability is somewhat limited, we have to install it on every client and what's worse, it can't perform differential backup.
I use several backup software on my own systems, they all work fine. But I don't want to break anything on those grandpa severs. We used to use BrightStor ARCserve which is capable of doing remote backup jobs but WHS is much cheaper now. We can install it in a virtual machine.
What I am not clear is the ability (wake-up, log-in, and backup locked files) of WHS in terms of backing up data on other windows-based machine (mostly winServ2003 maybe one or two win2000) in the same network.
Also, is there any way to backup the file with long path and file name other than zip it? THX