Paragon Drive Backup

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Andrew M. Saucci, Jr., Nov 26, 2006.

  1. Has anyone tried Paragon Drive Backup Small Business Server Edition?
    The price seems unbeatable, and in our market segment, that matters.
     
    Andrew M. Saucci, Jr., Nov 26, 2006
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  2. Yes I like the product very much
     
    Frank McCallister SBS MVP, Nov 26, 2006
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  3. Andrew M. Saucci, Jr.

    spm Guest

    Paragon's very good, but if price is your determining factor, see Drive
    Snapshot here: http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/. Its price definitely
    beats Paragon's.
     
    spm, Nov 26, 2006
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  4. All imaging programs "allow" you to restore to different hardware - that
    isn't an issue.

    How you get the OS running after that isn't generally part of the imaging
    task. I believe Acronis has a product that advertises some help with this,
    and I know Storage Craft is working on this - I've not used the Acronis
    software.

    If you're imaging for the purposes of moving to different hardware, there
    are some things you can do beforehand that ease the process. If you're
    imaging for disaster recovery, getting the image onto a replacement platform
    and running takes a few more steps.

    But with some practice, you become quite good at restoring to dissimilar
    hardware.

    I had a Server Protect image (could have just as easily been a Paragon
    image - they both work well) of an SBS 2003, that was also running a
    terminal server as a virtual machine. The server had been decomissioned
    about a month ago, and the hardware re-deployed.

    For a test of a disaster recovery scenario - yesterday I installed virtual
    server on a windows 2003 box, created a virtual machine, and brought the
    image into it. The VM hardware is *very* different from the physical server
    the OS ran on.

    So far, I have it up to the Activation screen, which is expected when
    hardware changes. I know the system is functioning, as it's sending me
    alerts by email ;-). I have to call MS to get past this point and get access
    to the OS, but I'm now 100% confident that this will work.

    Restoring images to different hardware, even virtual machines, is here now,
    and without anthing 'special' from the software manufacturers, MS or
    otherwise.
     
    Les Connor [SBS MVP], Nov 26, 2006
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  5. Thanks for that link! I've been having trouble selling Symantec's
    $600 server solution and something less expensive would make my life lots
    easier.
     
    Andrew M. Saucci, Jr., Nov 27, 2006
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  6. Andrew M. Saucci, Jr.

    bcmoore Guest

    To all my SBS colleagues,

    I've been researching a solid backup/restore methodology for some time in an
    effort to get around the inherent inconsistencies with NTBACKUP.
    Downloaded the demo copy of Paragon's SBS solution and after several failed
    backup attempts learned that the software works only with an
    administrator-level user currently LOGGED IN. Although attractive from a
    price/functionality perspective, I simply can't ask our company to invest in
    a system made by a company that believes this requirement is a sound
    technical practice. I thanked Paragon for their time and bid them a good day.
    Anything else being used out there besides Acronis?

    *Thanks all for being such a great source of info...*

    - Brian
     
    bcmoore, Jan 31, 2007
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