Backing up a Remote PC to WHS

The "Using Windows Home Server" website has a great post on backing up a remote PC (e.g. your parents or a relative) to Windows Home Server using Hamachi.

Once the Hamachi network is configured between the remote PC and WHS, automatic backups can be performed as well streaming music to that remote location as well.

The only gotchers are that the initial backup needs to be performed locally on your LAN, otherwise this first backup will take forever and secondly if you need to do a restore then the remote machine must be brought back to the LAN to do the restore.

Otherwise also read the comments to the post as "welchwerks" also provides step by step instructions on how to get Hamachi up and running.

You can find the post (and comments) here.

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  1. Phil Alban says:

    Thanks for reposting this/posting the info. I have been cruising WHS-based blogs for a while now, and this is the first walk-through of it’s kind I have encountered.

  2. Josh says:

    I have been doing this for a while now, and the only thing I have to correct is that if you are willing to leave your computer on for long enough, the initial backup will work over Hamachi. I have done the initial backup over Hamachi twice now, with a 100GB drive taking 48 hours, and a 30gb taking 4 hours, being limited by my home network’s download speed of 3mb/s. So its not bad at all if you’re willing to let it run for the full length.

  3. welchwerks says:

    Now that is great news, now we just need are ISP’s to match our upload speeds to our download speeds 10 up 10 down 🙂

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