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This may not qualify as "cheap" and is windows specific but the Windows Home Server is working very well for me. I'm backing up several machines and I have 3 months of back ups to choose from if things go wrong. I have the HP Media Smart version and I'm extremely happy with it. Here is a link to a review by Scott Hanselman. Prior to getting the home ...


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In general I think making backups as automatic as possible will ensure that you always get the level of backup you need. You also want some level of redundancy both on-site and off-site. If the data doesn't exist in two places at once, then it really doesn't exist. I would recommend the following approaches for maximum redundancy: Duplicate your ...


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From : Sysprep Command-Line Syntax /generalize Prepares the Windows installation to be imaged. If this option is specified, all unique system information is removed from the Windows installation. The security ID (SID) resets, any system restore points are cleared, and event logs are deleted. The next time the computer starts, the specialize ...


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I strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with WDS - Windows Deployment Services. You can do something as simple as deploy a fresh, blank Windows image to every computer on your network, or you can build your own custom image (this is what you want). In a nutshell: Build an image the way you want it to be Perform a "sysprep" function on it Load ...


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Here's my home backup strategy: Most files are stored on a Linux file server that my Windows machines connect to. All my music, video, & images live on a Windows machine that gets backed up to the Linux file server. The Linux file server is backed up to an external hard drive About 75% of my data is backed up remotely using Jungle Disk. All of my ...


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There aren't standards in PXE for Wifi that make this feasible. Apple does "wireless netboot" functionality in some of their models, but this isn't going to help you with PXE booting PCs because it's purely proprietary. Even if you could do this, I question the performance, reliability, and efficiency of using this method. You'd be soaking up a massive ...


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I've performed file-level clones (using the Linux NTFS Tools ntfsclone utility) of Windows 2000 and Windows XP. I haven't tried ntfsclone with Windows Vista or newer versions but I wouldn't expect any problems. I use Microsoft's file-level cloning tool, ImageX, quite regularly with Windows XP and Windows 7 and have no problems there, either. I generally ...


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You will need to enable and license Terminal Services. Two can log on at the same time with different accounts without licencing. So you could have many users but only two can be logged on at the same time. If you license, you can have many. Just be sure the server can manage multiple sessions (RAM, CPU, DISK I/O will all be impacted)


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Clonezilla will work if you run sysprep before cloning it. Make sure the PCs are the same, you'll have to enter the COA key in fore each machine and reactivate them, but no biggie.


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For open source, Clonezilla is popular; heard good things about it. http://clonezilla.org/ For commercial software, I'm a fan of Acronis Enterprise; I've used it to "ghost" machines to different hardware with success and to convert an image to a virtual machine as well: http://www.acronis.com/


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Of course 'cheap' depends on the readers' view... I'm using a Dlink DNS-323 NAS (equipped with 2x 1TB drives in RAID1) in combination with BackupPc, which is actually a 'gui' around Rsync.


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You could also backup the ghost image to a on-line backup service. There are several companies, some which offer free accounts as a starting point. IDrive - free option Mosy - free option ADrive - free option Carbonite Livedrive Jungle Disk with Amazon S3 SquirrelSave


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This isn't a strategy for backing up a whole computer (I use WHS and Time Machine for that), but for critical files, I use Dropbox. It automatically synchronizes files across different computers, plus they get backed up and versioned online. Free for up to 2 gigs, pay for up to 50GB. This is the first online file sych tool or service I've found that just ...


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backup everything, test the backup connect the DAS, make sure windows can see it (SCSI/SAS HBA drivers installed) ghost/acronis/dd from a linux livecd from the SAN to the DAS reboot (you might need to set the active partition flag) another way - backup the server, reinstall on DAS, restore longer, but safer


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Use Clonezilla, but then also use DHCP server and Active Directory to handle workstation names using their MAC Addresses. If set up correctly, it will automatically set up the hostname when each server boots up. It might take a bit to index the MAC Addresses and map hostnames to them, but it will help you out in the long run, as when you need to reimage the ...


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Acronis is also a popular solution.


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I'm posting the steps I used to solve this issue in case anyone else runs into this issue. This may not be the only or best way to solve this issue, but these steps worked for me. Boot into Safe Mode Ctrl+Alt+Del Start Task Manager New Task --> regedit.exe Locate the following registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices Find the drive letter ...


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There are Machine SIDs, Service SIDs, Domain SIDs, and User SIDs. NewSID and sysprep /generalize only reset Machine SIDs. Yes, those are the same Machine SIDs, and yes, sysprep changes the Machine SID after deployment. However, changing Machine SIDs is not necessary. According to this blog entry on TechNet by Mark Russinovich: So is having multiple ...


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The problem with copying a live filesystem from VSS is that that the existing Windows instance will probably have the signature of the new disk already in it's registry. When you boot the copy, the signature of the partition it is booting from is matched to the registry and mounted as D: or E:, rather than the C: it should be. You can sort this out by ...


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It would help to know the specific operating system and hypervisor solution you're working work, but assuming defaults of Windows and VMWare, the path of least-resistance would be to run a physical-to-virtual (P2V) migration using VMWare vConverter. That should satisfy your requirements. VMWare vConverter is menu-driven and is quite easy to run, provided ...


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You shouldn't have to use command-line switches for this. You can use the GUI to clone from a file to a partition. I don't have Ghost 8 in front of me, but if I recall properly you may have to pre-create the partitions before you clone into them. Since the order of the partitions is such that the ones you don't want are at the end of the disk there's always ...


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Copy the .gho file to another location, such as a network share. Put the ghost.exe file with it. (assuming you have it) Make a Netbootdisk, boot, map the share and try to pull it that way. I have imaged countless machines like that.


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AD Servers are different. A Domain Controller has a directory junction on the C:\Windows\SYSVOL\sysvol directory that points to the C:\Windows\SYSVOL\domain directory: Directory of C:\Windows\SYSVOL\sysvol 04/13/2011 01:22 PM <DIR> . 04/13/2011 01:22 PM <DIR> .. 04/13/2011 01:22 PM <JUNCTION> ...


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VMware vCenter Converter Standalone can convert many different images to the VMware format. You can download it for free from the VMware website: http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/ http://www.vmware.com/go/getconverter Good luck! EDIT: Good find by Citricguy: ...


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I'd recommend setting up freenas on an old machine with lots of disk space and using an automated rsync program. Using rsync you are only copying changes between the last version and current over the network, so it's pretty fast.


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I strongly recommend Drive Snapshot (www.drivesnapshot.de). I've used this for several years, and I have the current version installed on around 200 servers. I have done many test restores and a few real life restores under high stress conditions, and Drive Snapshot has never let me down. You can run Drive Snapshot as a GUI app, or from the command line. I ...


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The installation checks wether it is running on a server-version of windows. It is possible, and not to hard, to edit the msi-file, to run on all versions of Windows. The easiest way is to use a msi-editor with a nice gui, but the free tool from MS, Orca, should work too. You can download it here, somewhere inside you can find orca.msi, which you need to ...


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Just to be 10000% clear. YOUR SERVER SHOULD HAVE RAID also, RAID IS NOT BACKUP. That being covered -- VMWare makes server disaster recovery easy. You can script a once-a-day snapshot and copy of all of your server VMDK (virtual drives) to another workstation, or a cheap network attached storage device. In the event your ESX/ESXi server crashes, you can ...


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Home backup strategy: Photos, Music, Scans on Main Desktop are backed up using Time Machine connected to External USB Hard Drive Videos and large files (e.g. MSDN Downloads) are kept on 1TB RAID5 NAS (NAS will send alert if hard drive is lost) Photos, Music, Scans on Main Desktop are backed up a few times a week using Jungle Disk Plus. I recently had my ...


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Mozy works at home or at work, but I've found the best part is that my gf doesn't have to do anything to get it to work. I installed it and now I know her compy is being backed up all the time.



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