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  • I have a question that relates to how the backup solution on the server can be configured. Is there a way to set the server so that when a client connects to back it up, rather then having a set time the the server will attempt backups?

    see when the server is backing up network performance its not the best, nothing to do about that really but that would be ok if I didn't have to ensure that my PC was on when the server needed it to be when it wanted to do backups. I have several PCs in the house and they consume a fair amount of power. I know the debate rages but quite simply, when I shut my systems down the power strip switch gets flipped and they are not longer pulling power at all. As a result they rarely get backed up now. is there a way to set the home server to do a back up when the client turns on and connects to the server that when when its used its backed up rather then missing the backup window all the time?
    Thursday, January 28, 2010 7:38 PM

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  • I have a question that relates to how the backup solution on the server can be configured. Is there a way to set the server so that when a client connects to back it up, rather then having a set time the the server will attempt backups?

    see when the server is backing up network performance its not the best, nothing to do about that really but that would be ok if I didn't have to ensure that my PC was on when the server needed it to be when it wanted to do backups. I have several PCs in the house and they consume a fair amount of power. I know the debate rages but quite simply, when I shut my systems down the power strip switch gets flipped and they are not longer pulling power at all. As a result they rarely get backed up now. is there a way to set the home server to do a back up when the client turns on and connects to the server that when when its used its backed up rather then missing the backup window all the time?
    By design, you set your PCs to hibernate, and set the connector to wake them for backup. Of course, disconnecting them from power defeats the design. :)

    You could also try extending the backup window into the daytime hours; if a computer hasn't backed up yet during the window and it's past it's individual (randomly chosen) backup start time, it will queue up a backup when it's booted. You could even set up a scheduled task that automatically runs the backup client with appropriate parameters ("C:\Program files\Windows Home Server\BackupEngine -a" is the command line required) when you start the computer. The last option isn't "supported", because the backup client's command line parameters aren't documented by Microsoft.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Thursday, January 28, 2010 9:27 PM
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