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Home Server, SBS Essentials, Time Capsule, NAS…which to choose?


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I am having a difficult time choosing a solution for our church staff, and I suspect the WHSS community would be able to give me some useful perspectives. Here is the situation…

 

I support an office of about 8 Windows and about 7 Mac pcs. Today we have an SBS 2003 server which needs to be replaced. Since the staff does not make use of Exchange or SharePoint features, installing the latest SBS would be overkill (work and cost)

 

Their basic requirements are…

- Some file sharing (very limited)

- Ability to logon to desktop PCs remotely

- Windows backup solution

- MAC backup solution

- Ability to backup the server to an external HD for off site backup

- Easy for me to support and manage remotely

 

Earlier this year, I was thinking SBS Essentials would be a perfect fit…..but….

 

From my own experience, I see Microsoft doesn't really support Mac backup very well. (I'm having Time Machine trouble myself with Snow Leopard on WHS2011; and Lion apparently doesn't even work at all) I could put in one solution for Windows and another for Mac, but I would prefer to support 1 platform as long as it's reliable.

 

So, as I see it, the options are:

 

1. Install SBS Essentials and hope Time Machine support gets better

Pros: - Great reliable backup solution for Windows

- Ability to backup the server to an external HD for off-site backup

Cons: -> Can I backup the backups to an external HD??

-> Will Time Machine support improve?

 

2. Install WHS for the Windows users and one or twoTime Capsules for the Mac users

Pros: - Great reliable backup solution for Windows

- Apple supported solution for Mac users

- Ability to backup the server to an external HD for off-site backup

Cons: -> Can I backup the WHS backups to an external HD??

-> Can I backup the Time Capsule to an external HD??

 

3. Install a NAS with Time Machine support

Pros: - A windows backup solution, but probable not as good as WHS or SBS Essentials

- A supported Time Machine solution (at least according to their documentation)

Cons: -> Can I backup the backups to an external USB?

-> Will the NAS report access support work well?

 

What would you guys recommend?

.....brian

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