There's a discussion about backing up Windows RT going on over at the Home Server Show forums. While we probably don't want a lot of cross-posting this seems like a perfect topic for this forum.
I don't plan to have too much that needs backing up directly from the Surface RT. I'll use Skydrive whenever possible and most other apps that interest me (based on my iPad) already have a sharing/cloud component or don't have any data. Apps themselves will be in the store. That leaves just settings and any apps that have all their data local.
Anyone else considered backups?
I've just installed my first Synology NAS, a Ds416play, after many years of running Windows Home Server (RIP). I now must face developing a backup strategy for several PC clients which I hope to backup to the Synology NAS. I'm considering the three alternatives, including:
1) The client backup solution provided by Synology, Cloud Station Backup, or
2) The client backup solution provided by MS, namely File History, or
3) The generally popular Acronis solution, True Image 2016.
I do understand that the first two are file level backup strategies while the third is a disk level tool, but I wonder what other advantages or disadvantages have been noted by others here on the forum
Thanks, guys, for helping a newbe to the Synology world. Best... miker
I have two computers that run automatic backup to my WHS 2011 server. I just learned that both have not had a successful backup since mid July.
My laptop's last successful backup was 07-13-16, the next attempt was on 07-19-16 and it was unsuccessful as were subsequent attempts. There were no attempts between these dates.
My desktop's last successful backup was 07-18, incomplete on 07-19, and unsuccessful on every attempt since then.
I have tried to run a manual back on each machine, but they fail unsuccessfully.
My WHS is up-to-date with all updates (maybe an update broke the server?)
It's looking like a WHS issue since that is the common element here. Any thoughts or ideas of where to begin would be appreciated.
I've been running an N40L for a few years in a home environment as a DC/File/Print/Media Server. It was originally configured with the shipped 250Gb disk in the ODD bay (via O/B SATA), and 4 x 2Tb Seagate drives in the 4-bay array, in a SW RAID5 array. (BIOS is the modified version which allows - amongst other things - the support of 3Gbs/sec across the 4 internal/ext. esata port).
OS was 2008r2 standard.
Recently, Windows started to report disks in the (SW) RAID 5 array as "failing redundancy".
Taking the longer-term view, we purchased a reconditioned Dell T320 Server, and specced it with 8x4Tb Enterprise SATA disks (HGSTs), with an H710P running the 8-bay array, plus 2 x 500Gb disks in a RAID 1 array for the OS (running off the supplied H310 controller). All of the data on the Microserver was copied across, and a final backup was done.
We then "decommissioned" the N40L, to set it up as a backup box. The 250Gb and 2Tb drives were removed, and a (mechanical) 2.5" drive was re-purposed as an OS drive (tucked under the ODD bay). 5 6Tb WD Red drives were purchased, with the idea that I would run a 4-disk RAID5 array in the 4-disk array, with the 5th drive in the ODD bay (connected via esata-sata cable) as a hot spare.
So, which RAID controllers, compatible with the N40L, will support 6Tb drives...?
(and, yes...I realise I need to clone the OS drive on to a newer 2.5" drive, and add a 2nd one in that "under the ODD spot" and mirror")
Before anyone starts telling me "I told you so...."
I know.... I know.... but.... but.... ;-)
So.... I upgraded my Win7 pc to Win10 yesterday. All went fairly well this time (another story...), and within a hour I was looking at a Win10 desktop.
Did some new driver juggling, and all seem OK at first.
Than it started to degrade quite quickly. Apps were being uninstalled or rendered non-functional, drivers went AWOL, I couldn't create any accounts for online stuff, like a google/ms account etc.
Finally, after a couple of hours of bug hunting I gave up, and restored my old Win7 from the server. This all went like clockwork, and within another hour or so I was back running Win7.
The only thing is that on the server, the PC is now seen as a Win10 pc, and as such not connected to the network. This is also happening with the connector, it's grayed out.
I cannot change any of the settings for the pc backup, as it is 'offline or not connected to the network'.
Is there a way to fix this, or do I have to remove the pc from the devices list, and reinstall connector to get things running again? I do loose all my previous backups, which I feel is a bit 'tricky' atm...