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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

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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

Welcome to the wonderful world of Synology, I have also converted to Synology after using WHS2011 then WSE2012 and WSE2012R2 and all I can say is I shoud of done it sooner, I now have several Synology NAS's and they all run great, It seems sky is the limit for what you can do with them.

 

1. I don't mean to try and put a damper on your excitement but y did you decide to go with the DS416Play over the DS916+ other then cost? The + models can use the new btrfs file system and for me the enhancements of using the btrfs file system over the old ext4 file system is well worth it. For example the new btrfs file system can self heal, Take a look at what it has to offer https://www.synology.com/en-us/dsm/Btrfs

 

2. What are you using the DS416Play for? I do hope you did not purchase the DS416Play becouse of the hardware transcoding if your using Plex becouse Plex can't use it, Only the Synology DS-Video app can use it. https://forums.plex.tv/discussion/222268/ds416play-or-ds716-ii-for-plex

 

As for 'bare metal backup' of my Windows clients I use 'Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE' and as the name says its free for life and unlike WHS2011 and WSE2012 the restores work 100% of the time for me, The only thing some peaple seem to frown on is the fact the Veeam installs SQL on each client to work its magic but for me I don't care. Take a look at it, Its a great option over using the paid version of Acronis and Veeam also has email alerts to let you know the status of the backups. https://www.veeam.com/endpoint-backup-free.html

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Another vote for VEEAM Endpoint Backup. It's free and works very well. I have used it in just about every time someone has asked for a client backup solution since the start of the year, never had it fail, and my test restores have all worked. Hell if it was a paid product I would still recommend it.

 

In the case of several of these deployments the backup target is a file share on the Synology and that has worked quite well

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Mike, here is a bit more detail;

For disk imaging I tend to recommend Macrium Reflect Free;

http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

For traditional file and image backup Paragon Backup and Recovery Free;

https://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/requirements.html

For IT SMB like tools Veeam Endpoint:

https://www.veeam.com/endpoint-backup-free.html

 

They all work well, I have not taken the time to do much compare and contrast. Post your questions and I will try to help. 

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I'd recommend Acronis 2016 Cloud. Acronis 2017 Subscription is now available.I can't upgrade to 2017 because it's too much of a hassle to transfer my licensing. I have nine licenses. Acronis only shows 3 available for upgrade. This is my biggest complaint. Other than licensing it's a very dependable and the best disk level backup I've found. I was able to restore a cloud based disk backup as fast as a local backup.

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