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Configuring XP as a Back-up for Network Computers


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#1 n2coffee

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 04:36 PM

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Everyone in our home has a personal laptop and our desktop is used any more. I wonder how I can configure the laptops to backup to the desk top. We use Windows7 on the laptops and XP on the desktop...
I need to know how to configure everything so everything backs up to the desktop. Any idears????

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 05:00 PM

The easy way - setup network share for each user on the "backup computer" - map a drive for each person to the share - and then use your back up software on the "backup computer" daily

POINT: they must save their files to the share for them to get backed up.

I will let someone else do the hard one.

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 06:17 PM

What software will be used...to perform these backups?

Of course, you realize that backing up any number of systems to a different O/S on a single hard drive...has risks when/if that drive or file system develops problems. Access to all backups and systems...may not then exist...which is not desireable, IMO.

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 07:08 PM

Nitekram- thanks for the quick reply...did not know it would be that simple. I need to get a wireless card for the desktop...it had been connect to the router by ethernet cable but I am going to relocate it in my den. I will follow up with you when it is done

Thanks again

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 07:10 PM

Hamluis- Thought I could use the native task scheduler but if you know of something that will work better I'd appreciate your input...

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 12:01 PM

n2coffee,

You can try a usb network adapter (aka: dongle) on the desktop, they relatively cheap and easy to install.

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 02:19 PM

Thanks Bill...I would prefer the WiFi route but will research what dongle is and see if it is an option for me.

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 02:30 PM

One in the same - choice is either a wireless NIC (a card that you have to open your computer to install) or usb network adapter

both do the same thing

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 02:45 PM

Since it is a desktop, I'll stick to the wireless NIC...Ive done that before

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 04:15 PM

Whatever you feel comfortable with...

A wireless network adapter (AKA: WiFi dongle) is basically just a wireless NIC that plugs into a USB port kind of like a USB thumb drive.
Saves opening up the case and installing a card is all. Small, relatively cheap and easy to use.

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 08:13 AM

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Just found out that Windows7 will not backup to a computer that is not running Windows7 (no backup to XP). So much for my original concept. I tried setting up an ad hoc network on one of the computers running Windows7 to at least get the machines to talk but to no avail. I am afraid my knowledge of networking is outdated... any recommendations for tutorials or instructions??

Thanks

Lenny




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