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Old 14th April, 2009, 04:26 AM
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Hourly incremental backup of file in use

I am in need of a backup solution that will allow me to backup files incrementally hourly/4-hourly and backup files that are in use eg: Outlook 2003 .pst file and Quickbooks .qbw file.

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Old 14th April, 2009, 10:31 AM
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Quickbooks has its own backup tool which creates a .QBB file. I'm not sure if you can successfully restore from a copy of the .QBW file.
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Old 14th April, 2009, 12:03 PM
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Yes, however it is not automatic periodically throughout the day and cannot operate without shutting down the .qbw file in question.

Currently looking at Backup Exec as a viable option.
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Why the need for such frequent back-ups?
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Customer request, advised them it is not really necessary, they are hell-bent on the idea though.

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There are some cross-platform cron apps that will handle what you need. The only one that comes to mind right now is pycron. Worth a look anyway..
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That won't handle files that are locked against read/write though.

You might need to work out if there's a better way of handling this - for example, a centralised email server rather than relying on backups of ost/pst files.
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In the end, client went with a copy of Backup Exec with the functionality to backup files in use, and also purchased another server to host Quickbooks and email.
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