Microsoft Windows 7 Backup is getting trashed in a Microsoft forum for being unbelievably bad and slow.
Like this comes as such a surprise … Windows Backup? “It is an insult.” Jon Hell on a Microsoft Forum: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsbackup/thread/3e08fc65-52f5-48ca-ae13-321cdfc44fbd … “Windows Backup is an embarrassment.” Said another.
Why everyone isn’t using Backup Exec System Recovery Desktop Edition 2010 (BESR 2010) for their desktops and laptops beats me. Really simple to use as either a backup or disaster recovery tool, BESR 2010 is a cost-effective solution that helps minimise downtime and avoid disaster – it’s like Zero to DR in 10 minutes. You can recover individual data files/folders or complete Windows desktops or laptops in minutes.
I use it on my machine and mount the backups on a 500 GB USB drive (no power required) and take an off-site copy to our file servers at the same time. I never see any system impact – there is a slider that allows you to reduce the impact if you do see some degradation. It’s really simple to install, licence and set up. In fact, to be honest it’s easier to schedule your backups with BESR than it is to set up a meeting in Outlook, and recovery is just as simple.
With an off-site copy I can ensure that even if I lose my external drive I can get my data or systems back and backing up to a USB drive means I can restore data from anywhere even if I’m not connected to the Symantec network. Easy, simple, effective. New machine with Windows 7 O/S, no problem restoring data to different hardware … you can store your backups in a virtual environment which makes sense.
It’s a standalone solution as well as a 1+1=3 component of a larger data protection strategy, in fact I know of NetBackup customers who use BESR Server Edition to give themselves DR capabilities for their Windows Servers as well as using BESR Desktop to backup their employees laptops and desktops.
So, there’s no need to rely on Windows 7 Backup … given that Symantec has just won Best of Tech Ed Award fBackup and Reco.very
Full article in The Register can be found at:
Questions to ask yourself:
- How long does it take you to recover a desktop or laptop?
- How long does it take you to recover a Windows system?
- Can you recover a system to dissimilar hardware?
- Can you recover a complete system?
- How easily can you recover a virtual system?