Vista backup, at least in the Business version, is more suited for unsophisticated home users than for business users. Without some way of previewing what will be backed up, you have to actually do a backup and then methodically look through every empty folder (who thought it was a good idea to backup empty folders?) to see what was and was not included. That is a terrible waste of time! Yet, nowhere is there any detail of precisely what will be included in each category. I spent days searching white papers, MS blogs, technet, etc. and still had only a sketchy idea. It was only through trial and error that I learned that, for example, "Documents" were not the contents of the documents folder, but apparently a group of files with certain suffixes located anywhere. The other categories are similarly vague. Obviously a specific criteria is used, but it's kept secret. The result for me was spending a lot of time testing what should have been transparent only to discover that many crucial files were not backed up. To add insult to injury, better than 1/2 of the backup space was taken up with files that could and should have been excluded.
The "important files/folders" as you said is really arrogant. Important to who? The user's opinion of what "important files/folders" are is the only opinion that matters. If a file that is crucial to the user is assumed to be backed up, but isn't, you'll quickly see what I mean. To hide what those "important files/folders" are is the height of arrogance. Vista backup in the Business version has gone far beyond helpful handholding. It assumes that the software engineers know what is important to a business than the business itsef.
I really liked the promise of the vista backup, but the reality was very disappointing. It would have been disaster had I actually relied on it.
I've been testing Genie Backup Manager and so far it is doing exactly what I want. It was easy to configure, yet I have complete control over what is and is not included. Best of all, it didn't hide what it was going to do. You can select categories as in Vista backup that clearly spell out what is and is not included. You can also add or subtract specific folders, files, or file types.
Sorry, this has been boiling around inside me for months. I guess I finally unloaded!
Originally Posted by Sushil Baid [MSFT]