How do people backup their machines before using USMT with scripted installs?
I'm just wondering if anyone backs up their computers before imaging/using USMT? And how are you doing it? We currently back the machine up manually via our old Ghost server before doing any form of scripted install just to ensure that all data is backed up. This is time consuming and annoying, but unfortunately USMT won't backup all Application Data, folders stored on the root of the C: drive, or further partitions (we usually have both a C: System partition and D: data partition) for example, so we cover that by doing a Ghost image.
I was just wondering if there was some form of automated process that we can apply to scripted installs to get a complete backup before processing USMIT, mid-level tasks, post-install tasks? An ideal situation for us would be to have the whole disk backed up to a network share at the least, and if possible to then add a post-install task that automatically copies the data back to the D: drive of the newly imaged machine (this is not essential though). I've tried using the K2000 to make a K-image but it took 90 minutes to back up 19GB, WIM seemed much faster but you're unable to browse the image via the web-console once it's been created/extract any files to my knowledge. Any tips?