All of our office computers are running Win 7 at the moment. We want to create a disk image nightly and send it to a server we house in one of our other offices. We have explored syncing the hard drives to the remote server as well. The purpose of this is so that in the event of a hard drive failure we can take the image or backup from the server and deploy it onto a spare hard drive in a matter of minutes (hours?).
It's very possible I'm over complicating this, but what would be the best method for storing the entire data on a hard drive on a remote server? Once the data is on our server, how could most quickly and efficiently transfer that data to a new hard drive to then be swapped out with a failed hard drive?
If we were to utilize Windows 7's built in disk image, what is the typical size of the disk image? Reason for asking, I could set up a task to take a disk image and then upload it to our remote server for filing.
The ultimate goal is to have a mirror image of a hard drive no older than 12-24 hours available on our remote server so that we could quickly deploy the image to a new hard drive for as close to immediate swap out as possible.
Thanks for the advice in advance.