ATI Echo Workstation - Best Practices

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  1. techease

    techease Registered Member

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    We are setting up a new workgroup, with four workstations, all XP Pro. One of the workstations is a dedicated file server, that we would also like to use as a dedicated backup server.

    We purchased four licenses of ATI Echo Workstation, and being new to this software, I was looking for some guidance in the best way to setup the system.

    Ideally, we would like the dedicated server to manage all the backups, and backup to hot-swappable SATA drives. From my reading, it seems that we would install Echo on all three workstations, as well as the server. Do we then also install the Management software on the server? What about the Backup Server program? Does that need to be installed on the server as well?

    Again, the more centralized the better, and all images should be backed up to the swappable drive (located on the server), which they plan on rotating.

    Thanks in advance for any help!
     
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    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

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    Hello techease,

    Thank you for choosing Acronis Remote Workstation Disk Backup Software.

    We are sorry for delayed response.

    Please be aware that, due to the fact Acronis Backup Server is organized via database method, it does not support swapping destination drives.

    Instead, you can share the swappable drives via network, and let Acronis Agents, installed on the computers that are going to be backed up, to save archives to that shared folder. The archives will have to be managed manually (or via pre/post commands).

    Acronis True Image Management Console can be installed on either or all of the computers; it depends on which computers you want to be able to control your backup processes from.

    You can find detailed instructions on how to use Acronis True Image Echo Workstation in the respective User's Guide.

    Thank you.
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  3. techease

    techease Registered Member

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    Can you clarify? For instance, we share the hot swappable drive, then each workstation maps a drive and backs up to that drive, correct?

    What do you mean by "the archives will have to be managed manually?" Are you saying we'd use pre commands to delete the old data from the swapped in drive and create a brand new Full backup on the day that we swap the drive?

    Thanks.
     
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    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

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    Hello techease,

    We are sorry for delayed response.

    That is correct. It's not necessary to erase old archives to create new ones, as when a backup task of the same type of backup with the same name runs, it will overwrite the one existing. However, you might want to keep more than one archive set in the same location, in which case you can copy/move/rename the existing backup set before creating the new one via pre/post commands.

    Thank you.
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