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Not sure on 2011 but in v1 there was a feature that prevented backing up the same information to reduce the size of the backups. For instance, if you had the same file in three different places, it would only be backed up once. The same is true on the OS. If you have two W7 machines, the backup wouldn't be on each machine individually. All duplicate files would only be backed up once.

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Not sure on 2011 but in v1 there was a feature that prevented backing up the same information to reduce the size of the backups. For instance, if you had the same file in three different places, it would only be backed up once. The same is true on the OS. If you have two W7 machines, the backup wouldn't be on each machine individually. All duplicate files would only be backed up once.

 

Excellent point, and I'm not sure if it applies to WHS2011 either.

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I assume your talking about the server backup, not client backups to the server. My initial server backup is always slightly smaller than the data being backed up, aty least at first. The files are not directly readable. Whether it's compression, de-duplication or something else the backups made to VHD files (reason for the 2 TB limit) and there are a bunch a XML files to index what's on the VHD's so they add a little space . I've never mounted one of the VHDs but am told it's just the files but not necessarily a disk clone. My theory is since it's a VHD there's less wasted space (the difference between size and "size on disk in properties". Now that my server has been running for several months the server backup has grown as it keeps a history so I can restore to an earlier date. I only backup up the OS (so little changes) and after several months the actual backup is still smaller than the data on the disk (and I've done full system restores so it works). The Shadow copies on the drive have grown to 10X the data tho' so the drive properties show a lot of space used, but there's plenty of room on the drive.

 

You can see the files by assigning a drive letter in disk manager and exploring the drive.

 

Not sure on 2011 but in v1 there was a feature that prevented backing up the same information to reduce the size of the backups. For instance, if you had the same file in three different places, it would only be backed up once. The same is true on the OS. If you have two W7 machines, the backup wouldn't be on each machine individually. All duplicate files would only be backed up once.

 

My second physical PC client backup takes significantly less space when I build a new server so I figure 2011 must still do this. Not sure if this carries over to the server backup.

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My second client backup takes significantly less space when I build a new server so I figure 2011 must still do this. Not sure if this carries over to the server backup.

 

thanks for the confirmation; good to know.

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I'm also wondering if WHS2011 does single-instance-storage. My understanding is that WHSv1 does. It would be great if WHS2011 did too.

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I'm also wondering if WHS2011 does single-instance-storage. My understanding is that WHSv1 does. It would be great if WHS2011 did too.

 

Well. it is supposed to do. But after having spent 15 minutes or so trying to Google where this was actually spelled out by Microsoft, I've given up.

 

Jesus, if Microsoft wanted to put a stake through the heart of WHS 2011, they couldn't do any better than this. The product pages have been stripped back to being less than useless. As far as I'm concerned, the WHS 2011 team are not doing their jobs. Using an English idiom, they couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery...

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Well. it is supposed to do. But after having spent 15 minutes or so trying to Google where this was actually spelled out by Microsoft, I've given up.

 

Jesus, if Microsoft wanted to put a stake through the heart of WHS 2011, they couldn't do any better than this. The product pages have been stripped back to being less than useless. As far as I'm concerned, the WHS 2011 team are not doing their jobs. Using an English idiom, they couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery...

 

Somehow I have this sneaking suspicion that MS is giving short shrift to WHS2011 because they're planning big things for Server 8. After all, they've done it plenty of times before.

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Somehow I have this sneaking suspicion that MS is giving short shrift to WHS2011 because they're planning big things for Server 8. After all, they've done it plenty of times before.

Could be, but they don't even need Server 8 - the desktop Windows 8 will have Storage Spaces built in, and Microsoft just need to make a WHS-style centralised PC Backup App available in Windows Store, and the job's done...

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