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Laptop Backups

By sylvain_perrier ·
Here goes, I have all these roaming users who connect to our office using DSL or 56k dial-up and I need to backup some of the data on their machines. Any suggestions on what I can use?

Thanks in adavance Sylvain

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I take it that they have to come into the office at some time right?

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Laptop Backups

If so when they do just join their LT's up to the network and copy what is required over the network to a dedicated storage area and back it up as per your normal DR policy.

If not then you do have a problem as they will have to transmit the data across the line either DSL or dial up to a dedicated section of the network that ideally should be removed from the main network and not made interconnected if only for security reasons. The DSL uploads shouldn't take a long time but depending on the amount involved in the dial up uploads that could be a different story.

A bit more back ground here wouldn't go astray.


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Use removable memory storage/cards

by roylai In reply to I take it that they have ...

I have bought some USB card readers and CF-type memory cards for them. It ranges from 64M to 512M. Reasonable costs and stable performance. Some with encryption and security as well.

They could or should backup the data updated on the road to this little device. Well, it should be enough, as only some changed files are to be saved.

I even bring some for office users who have "sensitive" files residing only on his harddisk. This way they can backup even hard-disk clashes.

See if useful

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Yes that would be one option

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Use removable memory stor ...

But there is still the need for them to come into the office every so often so unless we know exactly what is happening here it is a bit hard to answer the question isn't it?


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by pgm554 In reply to Laptop Backups

If you were running Novell, they have a neat product called ifolder.Sync's the files between the laptops and file server over the internet or in house using a method called rsync.

Only the delta changes are replicated between the file server and client. So bandwidth is saved and throttled accordingly to the pipe (dialup, DSL).

Works on the following:
?NetWare 6 Support Pack 2
?NetWare 5.1 Support Pack 5
?NetWare 6.5 or later
?Windows 2000 Service Pack 3
?SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8.0
?Red Hat Enterprise Linux Advanced Server 2.1
?Red Hat Enterprise Linux Enterprise Server 2.1

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