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Any way to stagger automated backups? RRS feed

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  • Details:
    WHS with PP3 running on a home-built server:
    Asus P5GC MX/1333
    Pentium C2D E5200
    2 gigs RAM
    1.5 TB HD space (2x Seagate ST3500, WD 5002)
    Realtek Gig-E adaptor
    All stock except for a Tversity media server/transcoder

    Computers:
    Home-built V64 Ultimate desktop (Gig-E)
    Home-built V32 Business desktop (WiFi)
    2x Home-built XP SP3 desktops (100-meg)
    3x V32 Home laptops
    XP SP3 laptop
    Xbox 360

    Network:
    Comcast cable internet
    Linksys WRT54G running Tomato v1.25.1720
    Trendnet 5-port gigabit switch

    The only computers connected to the gigabit switch are the ones with gigabit on board and the WRT router.

    My question is this: Is there a way to stagger backup times? I have it set to an 11:00 backup and the network just gets saturated. I highly doubt it's a disk throughput issue since internet access gets slowed as well. I'd really like to have them backing up at various times around the clock. Some machines could go during the day while we're at work, others at night when we're asleep.
    Any ideas?
    Sunday, December 6, 2009 7:06 PM

Answers

  • If you use the automatic Windows Home Server backup, your home computers will choose a random time within the first half of your backup window to back up. If you have a very short window, all of your computers (you have 8 that I count) will wind up lining up to back up sequentially. I suspect this is what you're seeing.

    The recommended approach would probably be to simply enlarge the backup window and let the computers back up overnight.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Monday, December 7, 2009 4:17 AM
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