Hi Curtis and thank you in advance for the ability to find someone to ask a backup question. You may need to point
me to a NON-network expert, so I thank you in advance for that too.I am gathering information for the decision makers. Following is the office situation:
It's been a while since I've encountered standalone systems. While you could buy standalone units such as a zip, jax or CD drive, to back up these standalone PCs I would caution you against that. The problem is really the manual nature of such an operation. I would suggest you do something else. Just as backup was considered the killer app for SANs, and many people bought SANS to make their backups better, I would suggest that backup could be the killer app for your LAN that you don't have. It's time to buy some cheap NICs, a cheap hub and make yourself a LAN even if you only use it for backup. Then it's time to buy an extra disk and some inexpensive disk-based backup software like Dantz or Lockstep to back up to disk. The whole solution can cost you less than a couple of zip drives and will be a lot more automated.
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