When I set up my Windows Home Server I configure the normal Windows Server Backup task to backup the server folders to a USB disk. That’s nice for normal backup/recovery. But that doesn’t protect my data (documents, books, whitepapers, and thousands of photos) against fire and theft. Sure, I could probably swap disks and store them offsite. But I know how poor my discipline with doing that in the past was. I need something automated for off-site backup.
So I decided to try Carbonite. It’s one of the few online personal backup solutions that will work on WHS. There’s a 15 day free trial so I signed up for that, and I added the offer code from the TWiT Security Now podcast – that gives you an extra 2 months free in addition to your 12 month subscription (unlimited storage for less than $60/year!!!!).
The install was easy. The configuration wizard walks you through the few steps. You’re warned that files like video will not be backed up. I’m OK with that – I have no personal/holiday videos because I’m a still photo man. Targeting a folder is easy – use Windows Explorer, right-click, and select the add to backup option. I had two schedule choices: constantly backup changes or schedule. I went for the first option.
OK, the flaw: I have 20GB per month limit and I’m on ADSL. It’s going to take a very long time to get all of my photo collection backing up to the cloud. I’ve been incrementally adding folders, starting with My Documents, and then I added some of my older photo folders to test. All worked well. I’ll continue testing, and then decided next week if I’ll pay for the service.