Monday, May 12, 2008

Its official. Microsoft Says No Client Backup In SBS 2008

Well we are all waiting for SBS 2008 to come out in the second half of this year. One thing that we were eagerly anticipating is whether or not client back up would be included. It's now official it won't: Microsoft Says No Client Backup In SBS 2008 - Software - IT Channel News by CRN and VARBusiness

I had lunch at SMB Summit in Dallas with Chris mentioned in the article. I think the client backup portion really took the team by surprise. The outcry in Dallas was do it and do it right. Why do we know it can be done right? Because people are using Windows Home Server in their SBS networks right now to backup client PC's. Something I never really thought of but actually an interesting idea. Windows Home Server does a great job of client backups (10 is the limit) and so some partners are actually selling this into their Windows SBS networks to backup client PC's.

I agree that I want it as well but I want it done right. We have a couple clients using Backup Exec for PC backup. It just plain sucks. Slow and unforgiving. I'll welcome a change.

As the complexity of the OS continues to evolve (and also the size) it's getting more important to be able to restore a client PC quickly and effectively.

Oh and btw, Chris was real cool about mentioning migration scenarios. I think we'll be pretty impressed with the way the SBS team migrates us from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008.