locked
Backup to another WHS machine on same network RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have 2 WHS machines on my home network - one which is the main one and the other is the "backup" one which I use for tests and some odd storage etc. I am thinking of using this backup WHS machine to backup my main WHS.

    I know that I can backup WHS easily if I connect/add a drive and just configure through WHS Console. I am wondering if it is possible to do this with a networked driver/folder?

    I have read through this related thread : http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/whsdevelopers/thread/ed315cbd-d2e3-4284-8ad8-e7324765f96d/ but there doesn't seem to be an integrated solution. I would prefer using something supported by WHS itself meaning if something goes wrong I can use the backup data on my secondary WHS server to restore the main one. (presumely using the WHS console itself) Besides, for the time being, both my WHS machine are on the same home network and not really offsite.

    I have also looked at this solution : http://productivegeek.com/forums/topic/windows-home-server-backup-to-lan which backs up to a NAS on the LAN which seems workable (since I can set folder on secondary WHS machine up with correct permissions). However I am wondering if the robocopy script is copying the correct/required files? Meaning can I reuse those files backed up to restore main WHS?

    Please forgive me if the question I am asking seems silly, I am not so good at these things.

     

    edit: found an add in called WHS database backup here http://www.mediasmartserver.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2066 but I don't think it supports networked folders...

     

     

     

    Sunday, July 18, 2010 4:25 PM

Answers

  • I'm not aware of an add-in which will back your server up to another computer the way you want. However, crafting such a solution yourself is reasonably simple. You can use any of a very large number of file copy utilities (I use robocopy, but richcopy, synctoy, etc should also work). Create a batch file that copies the shares and other data you want to back up this way to your chosen destination, and schedule that to run nightly (or on your preferred schedule). 
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Sunday, July 18, 2010 8:26 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • I'm not aware of an add-in which will back your server up to another computer the way you want. However, crafting such a solution yourself is reasonably simple. You can use any of a very large number of file copy utilities (I use robocopy, but richcopy, synctoy, etc should also work). Create a batch file that copies the shares and other data you want to back up this way to your chosen destination, and schedule that to run nightly (or on your preferred schedule). 
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Sunday, July 18, 2010 8:26 PM
    Moderator
  • Aye, I just learnt how to use Robocopy and I really like it! Its way faster compared to using GUI based solutions. I was hoping that they could be something automated or more supported by WHS.

     

    Can anyone confirm if this would handle the copying? http://www.mediasmartserver.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4078

     

    Failing that I guess I could write a simple script and create schedules to run the script (although I have no experience using Scheduler)

    Sunday, July 18, 2010 8:50 PM
  • That add-in backs up only the backup database.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Monday, August 2, 2010 2:33 PM
    Moderator