Full backup solution for a Windows Server 2003


  • Dear community,

    recently we made an "IT-Check" at a lawyer's office. The office have got 3 lawyers / 10 PCs. They have got one server - Windows Server 2003 Std. running with Domain services. Because there is no new server needed it is not an option to buy a new one (it's really not necessary). At a Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 I would use the Windows Server Backup, which makes VHD files to have the possabilty to make a quick restore in case of defective hard disks.

    Does someone have got experiences regarding a full backup solution?

    Doeing some research I found 3 different providers
    1. Active@ Disk Image ( It is quit cheap but I never heard about the software. Further I did not read something about restoring the full backup to another hardware system
    2. O&O DiskImage 5 Server Edition (
    3. Symantec Ghost 15 (I haven't found any information restoring the software to a different hardware system)

    Thank you for you help in advance.
    Thursday, February 04, 2010 8:48 AM


All replies

  • Hi Markus,


    As you have only one domain controller with Windows Server 2003 in small environment, you can use built-in backup tool NTBackup to take the system backup for the recovery of domain service. If you want a full backup solution, you may consider take ASR backup.


    Back up system state




    Personally, I would prefer using Symantec Ghost for disk backup, as it is block level backup and can ensure restore.


    Thanks and Regards


    MCTS: Windows Vista | Exchange Server 2007 MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician | Server & Enterprise Admin
    • Marked as answer by David Shen Monday, February 08, 2010 3:53 AM
    Friday, February 05, 2010 1:48 AM
  • Macrium reflect also backs up servers for about $40 per license and it works great for us.  We put it on all 2003 servers by default. Very much like Acronis Enterprise, but does not support dynamic disks.  the site is  and the software works great for desktops, also.
    Saturday, February 05, 2011 1:57 AM