I'm about to buy a server from Dell. A very basic 1st generation server that will act as a file server. I want to have this thing back up onto an external hard drive nightly. What's an inexpensive solution to doing this? When configuring the options for the computer at dell, the backup options cost as much as the server!


Windows Server Backup is included in Windows Server 2008 Foundation Edition.

  • I heard it doesn't have an automatic nightly backup option. Is this true? – polyhedron Mar 1 '11 at 22:19
  • Nope, not true. You can schedule regularly occurring backups with it. – joeqwerty Mar 1 '11 at 22:26

I used this one for one of my clients.

  • +1. I've used that as well, but suggested Windows Server Backup since it's included. – joeqwerty Mar 1 '11 at 22:19
  • well, i would have voted +1 but I need 15 rep to do so ;-). I guess points dont transfer from other stacks – polyhedron Mar 1 '11 at 22:21

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