Disaster Recovery

How to auto backup network workstations from a server

Backup!As a network administrator, you may be held responsible for all data backup purposes. photo credit: tacker

It could be data from a file server, from a web server, and from workstations such as PCs and notebooks.

Most users would do their own backups into external hard disks. But what if one day they forgot to backup their files and a lot of valuable documents are gone?

There must be an automated way to backup data from all possible sources reliably to an external backup location.

What I mean by all possible sources includes:

  • MS Exchange Server
  • MS SQL Server
  • Oracle
  • IBM DB2
  • IBM Lotus Domino / Notes
  • ODBC supported database backup
  • My Documents
  • Website
  • An entire disk image
  • Common folders with documents

And external backup locations include:

  • Network drives
  • Online backup service
  • CD, DVD, HD DVD discs
  • Remote FTP / SFTP servers
  • HDD, External HDD, Firewire, USB drives

Without a proper backup solution which helps to automate backup up all the possible sources above, trying to perform manual backups can be quite a tedious and time consuming task.

Today’s post will introduce a client server backup solution for enterprise networks called Handy Backup Server by Novosoft.

Handy Backup Server is an enterprise backup solution for organization using Windows 2008/2003 Server and Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000.

Unlike many backup software which focuses on backing up a single workstation, Handy Backup Server focuses on automating the process of backing up multiple workstations and servers.

You start of by installing Handy Backup Server on a machine with administrative access to all network computers that you want to back up.

Once that’s done, you’ll need to set up backup network workstations by installing a client software on workstations allowing Handy Backup Server to access data.

The best part is the user doesn’t even need to know or feel the effect of the backup taking place since it is running as a background Windows service.

It’s not like it will go tell the user, hey… stop all your work now as I need to backup your data!

The following is the backup network architecture for Handy Backup Server:

Everything else is all about specifying and identifying what data to backup and to where.

I really like it’s ability to backup to a FTP server. My vision of a true backup solution is always to backup all data to a remote location.

Some administrator store their backups into tapes and external hard disks an leave them lying around near the servers. It is best to keep these backups elsewhere in case some disaster strikes which wipes out an entire building.

If you do not have a network of computers but just want to backup your single computer data easily, check out the other product called Handy Backup.

For all your enterprise backup needs, download Handy Server Backup today!

And guess what,  there’s a free giveaway!

To the first person who writes a comment on how they plan to use Handy Server Backup to replace their routine task of manually backing up data, he / she will get one Handy Server Backup license key ($599).

About the author

Bob Lee

Hi! My name is Bob Lee and I’m a web developer / technical writer who specializes in developing and reviewing web applications. As an entrepreneur, blogger, developer, and tech enthusiast, I have been in this field for more than 10 years, and have been loving every minute of it.


  • Hi,

    We run an accountancy firm and by far we have only used a manual backup of most sensitive data within the office workstations. Because we’re aware of hazards of not having an external backup location, we have been thinking about backing up our server and several workstations to an external localizations + creating drive images, just in case any of our computers needed a quick restore. We’re now in the process of choosing a proper NAS server that would handle all scheduled backups, but we’re also in a need for a reliable backup software offering incremental backup and image creation.

  • Thanks for commenting.

    Since I have only one license to giveaway and the first commenter is Szymon, congrats!

    Will be sending you an email with the license key in it shortly.

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