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Does anyone have any good, well priced online backup solutions for Windows Home Server? I've looked at using s3 but the pricing ends up to expensive with the amount of data I have. Mozy and alike don't support WHS. I was considering just getting a cheap linux VPS and using rsync to backup, if thats possible with WHS.

Any thoughts or solutions you have appreciated.

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How much data are you talking about? –  Troggy Aug 16 '09 at 19:42
    
Were prob looking at around 100Gb, although only 30-35Gb ish is changing regularly. –  Sam Aug 16 '09 at 20:43

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I don't have WHS so can't confirm if any of these work on that, but below are some services that I have used successfully on 2000 and XP. I've listed geographical location, as I've found it can have a significant impact on speed:

  • SpiderOak (US west coast) - needs their software and is both a sync and backup tool
  • Dropbox (US and Europe) - needs their software, and is really meant as a sync tool, less flexible than SpiderOak
  • Humyo (UK) - uses their software or WebDAV over SSL
  • MyDisk (Sweden) - WebDAV with a Java-based backup client, or web folders.

Sorry for not linking, but I'm under the novice links limitation. The WebDAV ones will work as a mapped drive using Netdrive. All the above have a web interface to let you recovery individual files. Dropbox and SpiderOak have file version history.

Another possibility is Crashplan. Their software is now free, which could let you partner with someone else, so that you back up to them and they back up to you. All encrypted of course, but it does mean opening a port on your firewall.

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Humyo succesfully installs and backs up from WHS, so that ones a winner. I've not fully tested it yet so not sure on speed. –  Sam Aug 19 '09 at 23:48

Mozy advertises unlimited package at 4.95 a month. I have only used the free version with a 2gb limit but their service is good and easy to setup.

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Mozy is not supported on WHS. –  arathorn Aug 18 '09 at 21:54
    
The OP specifically mentioned that Mozy isn't an option. –  tnorthcutt Nov 3 '09 at 14:35

A couple I don't recommend:

  • Mozy (not supported, doesn't install without hacking the installer)
  • Carbonite (not supported, will install, but has significant issues with any folders having duplication enabled)

Have you looked into CrashPlan? I haven't yet, but plan to.

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You don't state what a reasonable cost is, but KeepVault seems like the most viable cost-oriented solution specifically for WHS. A review at WeGotServed seems to indicate it's a decent cost-savings compared to Amazon S3, and reputable.

Personally, I'm not backing up that much data and have been using JungleDisk for WHS with Amazon S3 as the backend. At the storage levels you're talking about though, S3's storage cost is almost twice as much as KeepVault and the transfer costs alone will be pretty horrible as well given your stated update frequency.

If my storage needs increase I'll be looking at this as well.

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This looks interesting, shame they only do yearly payments, but its one of hte few that actually states specifically it works with WHS, and doesn't count WHS as needing its pro package, which I like, to many of these companys fail to see that WHS is a home product. –  Sam Aug 19 '09 at 23:49

I think ASUS webstorage is worth looking at:

Pros:

  • Free up to 1GB
  • $39.99/yr for unlimited space
  • Integrates directly in WHS console via plugin. Can select which shared folders to backup

Cons:

  • Seems to only backup shared folders... not system drive
  • Cannot select individual files in shares.

See this review article on HowToGeek.

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as far as I can tell, they don't offer the #39.99 unlimited plan anymore. At least I couldn't find the option on their web site. –  Alan Aug 27 '11 at 20:33

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