How to Back up Windows Home Server
Windows Home Server backup program is a good illustration to the word of wisdom: there is no such thing as too much of genius automation. This type of program is somewhat equal to the first faraway controller for TVs: you could have even never think about it (have they back then in ... 50's or when was the thing made?), but once you have seen it doing its bright task for you, there is no way back.
Why make use the tool for WHS backup while there are WHS inner instruments? Well, that is a righteous one. Try googling "Windows Home Server Backup" and look what the organic search will suggest you (spoilers: "WHS backup fails" and "WHS backup error" are way far too much more popular than a loyal Windows user would be desire). Or to get even a more picturesque answer, try backing up stuff in WHS (the entire WHS backup would the good illustration here).
Unfortunately, there are quite a number of trouble with the stuff WHS itself provides for backup requirements. Which we will not discuss here in the name of saving Windows karma a little. Let us speak of useful facts instead.
Home Server Backup Program and the Right for Pursuit of Happiness
So, you have several PCs in your home network. You share files, remotely work with shared folders, and do all other sort of WHS fun. You want to back up (you do, right?). The backup software untold laws of common sense generally prescribe you to clarify three issues of copying your WHS data to a reliable place: what, where, and how. Let the WHS utility be Handy Backup, the backup program, this time Check the options .
WHS Backup: What
"What" is about the data you want to transfer to the backup warehouse and return if a data harm happens (God forbids!). Since it is Handy Backup we test, in addition to usual WHS file and folder backup options, the utility offer to copy the entire hard drive (the imaging feature) or just special partitions. For real hardcore users there is such a good thing as hot backup of MS Exchange Server, 2010 and old releases. For the toughest there are MS SQL Server, Oracle, and other ODBC-thing. All the stuff is recognized automatically and drag into a backup task with a few clicks.
WHS Backup: Where
"Where" is about choosing whether you own or rent the location your backups are stored to. If you elect owning, the options are local and external hard drives, your own FTP servers, and other media you have by the hand (say, optical disks, if anyone still uses those). But you should be aware of the necessity to take care of those owned warehouses yourself (and be prepared to blame yourself, if the backup warehouse gets coffeed, stolen, or some other way mistreated).
If you decide to rent, you have a set of online backup services (Handy Backup Cloud, Amazon S3 Jungle Disk, etc.). The concern is about paying a monthly and yearly fee, which might be not the most cost-efficient.
WHS Backup: How
"How" is about automatically. And incrementally. And with encryption plus compression enabled. Just try it. Afterward thanks are welcome;)
Speak of remote. There are several editions of Handy Backup that can aid you to manage WHS data remotely. An all-included solution is Handy Backup Server for Network which features all the options for accessing data remotely (the mastership of client-server architecture). If you prefer a less packed with feature Handy Backup edition, you will need to trick a little (like using a remote desktop functionality; hopefully, it's not a difficulty). Each edition is free to use for 30 days.
WHS Backup: Resume
Windows Home Server backup program is something you will definitely thank yourself for using, as long as you run WHS and would love to make a backup. Just try it.