Backup Solutions, Windows and Linux?
I am running Debian Server and have several laptops that I currently backup onto portable HD using the "waist 3 hours copping the files over USB" method. I would like to do incremental backups from windows laptops over the network to the server. I looked a few programs but am a bit lost. One thing that I would like is a File Level backup. That is I would like a system that would backup files and folders preserving dates and such, but store them on the Linux side as files, not compressed, so I can open the files and look at them and edit them on the server. Basically like rsync on linux, but something I can teach non-technical people to do on windows side. Something with windows front-end?
The other backups solution I am looking for is to do full image backup of Drive C on windows, and something that can be restored by booting from a CD and connecting to the net. So say a HD fails on one of the laptops, I could swap a new one in, put a CD in, boot from the CD and have the laptop pull an image of the HD from the server. Any ideas of something Like that? I looked around but I keep reading windows backup does not work for open files. Is there a way to avoid this problem for both options, file level backup and HD Image. I know this also is not a Linux question, but is there a way to do Image Backup without shutting down windows?
I appreciate any help,