What should you expect from backup software for medium to large networks?
The ability to define backup sets as arbitrary sets of files, which can be saved and reloaded into the utility as needed
A capability for defining and saving standard backup operations settings (including associated file sets)
A facility for exclusion lists, allowing you to create, save, and load lists of files and directories to exclude from a backup operation (including wildcard specifications)
An automated backup scheduling facility accessed and controlled from within the backup utility itself
The ability to specify default settings for a backup and restore operations
The ability to define and initiate remote backup and restore operations
Support for high-end backup devices such as stackloaders and jukeboxes
Support for non-tape backup devices such as removable disks
The capability to perform multiple operations to distinct tape devices simultaneously
The ability to backup open files or to skip them entirely without pausing (at your option)
Compatibility with the standard Windows NT backup facility will be important to some sites (so that saved files can be restored to any Windows NT system)
Optional support for non-Windows NT operating systems
From "Essential Windows NT System Administration" by Aeleen Frisch O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
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