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Windows Server Support

While many homes have more than one computer to backup there are a growing number of homes that are running various flavors of Microsoft server operating systems. Backing up a Windows server is different than backing up a regular Windows desktop, and in fact many online backup services simply do not support Windows servers. While each service has their own reasons for not supporting Windows servers, the ones that do sometimes require you to use a business account instead of the regular home accounts. In fact it can be a challenge to find an online backup service to backup a Windows server at a reasonable cost.

If you are running a version of Windows server here are the companies I have reviewed so far and whether they support Windows server. I have not tested any of these services on a Windows server installation. I currently only have access to one Windows 2008 server and well, I don’t think my daytime boss would be to happy about me installing and removing various online backup services on it. That being said if you run a Windows server and have tested any of these services and you have something to share please leave a comment.

 

A few notes about the table below. If the service requires a business license to run on Windows server I have noted that. Quite a few services list Windows servers as being compatible but do not list Windows Home Server or another server version, so you will see a not listed instead of a red x. That service could be compatible with that Windows server version but I was not able to find definitive information.

Service Windows Home Server Windows 2008 Server Windows 2003 Server Windows 2000 Advanced Server Notes
Acronis Not Listed
Yes
Yes
Yes
Business version needed.
AltDrive Not Listed
Yes
Yes
Yes
Biz accounts required for server support.
BackBlaze
No
No
No
No
Carbonite Not Listed
Yes
Yes
Not Listed Business Premier version needed.
CloudBerry
Yes
Yes
Yes
Not Listed Need correct version.
CrashPlan
Yes

Not officially supported.
Yes
Yes
Not Listed
Diino
No
No
No
No
ElephantDrive
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Business version needed.
IBackup
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IDrive
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
JungleDisk Not Listed
Yes
Yes
Not Listed Business version needed.
KeepIt
Yes
Yes
Yes
Not Listed Need PRO Version
Kineticd Not Listed
Yes
Yes
Yes
LiveDrive
No
No
No
No
Memopal Not Listed
Yes
Yes
Not Listed
MiMedia
No
No
No
No
Mozy
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Need MozyPro not MozyHome.
MyOtherDrive
No
No
No
No
MyPCBackup
No
No
No
No
Norton Online Backup
No
No
No
No
SafeCopy Not Listed
Yes
Yes
No
SOS Online Backup
Yes

But not listed officially.
Yes
Yes
Not Listed
SpiderOak
No
Yes

Not officially supported.
No
No
SugarSync
No
No
No
No
Zoolz Not Listed
Yes
Yes
Yes

 
It needs to be said that you will want to double and triple check that the service you are interested in will run on the version of Windows server that you are using. I did my best to find this information but there are some sites where the information is not easy to find and to by honest almost impossible. I had to tweet some of the services for an answer. Tweeting the service you want might actually be the best way to ask or use their support if you you can. Also a great way to see how responsive their support actually is.

This post is a response to a comment by ounelly70 who asked about this. Thanks for asking and hope this is helpful.

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2 Responses to Windows Server Support

  1. Hi I have a question for you. I am a small business owner and like to know the right back up service for 4 computer. Windows is what I have on all computers. I thought with all your information that maybe we could use Carbonite.

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