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Is Backup/Restore for Windows 7/8 ready for Primetime?


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I now I am speaking sacrilegious in this WHS forums but I am wondering about getting rid of my WHS OS and getting Windows 8 when it comes out so that I can use Storage Spaces and am wondering if Windows 7 Backup and Restore can handle all my backup needs??? I love the backup ability of WHS but I am wondering if that is all I need anymore. I could install Windows 8 with storage spaces, make a pool out of my 6 2TB drives with parity and a hot spare and then be able to store all my media on it and my backups.

 

Any comments would be appreciated.

 

Don

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This has been discussed in recent weeks but died down quickly. The only downside I see, for the time being, is the lack of a web interface.

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I don't think it's sacrilegious at all. As jmwills has alluded, the possible future impact of Windows 8 has been discussed. Personally, I suspect Windows 8 or Server 8 will take over the functions of WHS in the long run.

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I now I am speaking sacrilegious in this WHS forums but I am wondering about getting rid of my WHS OS and getting Windows 8 when it comes out so that I can use Storage Spaces and am wondering if Windows 7 Backup and Restore can handle all my backup needs??? I love the backup ability of WHS but I am wondering if that is all I need anymore. I could install Windows 8 with storage spaces, make a pool out of my 6 2TB drives with parity and a hot spare and then be able to store all my media on it and my backups.

 

Any comments would be appreciated.

 

Don

 

My thought is no. Remember that WHS uses a single instance backup while the traditional backup does a full image. If you have more than a couple of PC's, full images will be quite space consuming not to mention slow. Considering the performance of storage spaces, probably not the best idea. No other product that I am aware of lets you back up so many systems with so little space.

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pcdoc and no-control both make good points. My own view is that the features they mention will make it into Windows 8 over time, or some form of them will. For example, single instance storage is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds and, with data volumes steadily increasing, I only see that trend continuing.

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pcdoc and no-control both make good points. My own view is that the features they mention will make it into Windows 8 over time, or some form of them will. For example, single instance storage is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds and, with data volumes steadily increasing, I only see that trend continuing.

 

I would hope it grows in popularity but out of curiosity, where else have you seen it popular?

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Besides WHS, I know DropBox and some other online storage companies are now using, or planning to implement, single instance storage. Commvault, a major enterprise backup system provider, has a feature they call de-duping - IOW single instance storage.

 

Like you, I hope it continues.

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Besides single instance, I like the alerts and monitoring. I have 7 systems on 1 whs and 5 on a second. With 3 of the 5 being remote system. Yet i know get alerts on all stating who is behind on virus protection or patching as well as backups meaning less time playing sysadmin to the relatives and more time podcasting

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