We are looking now for a way to backup our client windows servers to either a windows or linux machines. We must keep permissions, ownership, hidden directories, etc.
Clients should be able to check and restore the files they need using smb, ftp, etc.
We have done this for linux->linux backup server with rsync.
We tried to rsync windows->linux and windows->windows but we ware not able to preserve the owners and permissions. Hidden files became also visible after the backup.
Please let me know if there is a way to do this right.