As part of a project I’m involved with, I’ve begun looking at desktop backup solutions to replace our company’s obsolete Veritas NetBackup Professional 3.60 system. Although our current system is at least 8 years old, it’s been difficult to find a modern replacement that offers the feature set we’re looking for, which includes:
- Support for Windows XP and Windows 7 clients
- Enable users to restore their own files and folders without administrator access
- Enable users to initiate a backup anytime
- Scheduled backups, which may be different for different groups of machines
- Ability to set a limit on the total size of a backup, including different limits for different groups of users
- Deduplication of the data stored on the server
- Compression of data stored on the server
- Bandwidth throttling for clients on slower connections
- Robust reporting capabilities, including the ability to view statistics on data backed up by user, group, file extension, PC, etc.
Toward that end, I downloaded and installed the open source desktop backup solution BackupPC. BackupPC describes itself as "a high-performance, enterprise-grade system for backing up Linux, WinXX, and Mac OS X PCs and laptops to a server’s disk."