gries818 wrote:Ok... so if I just map the drive to every system, I won't have any problems with sharing... sounds easy enough.
I have a copy of Acronis True Home Image Home I plan to use for my XP systems, obviously Time Machine for OS X, and I don't know yet on the Linux server. Do I need to be concerned about speed? I guess for the first time when each system puts a couple gigs on the drive but incremental backups won't take a super long time to transfer via USB, will they?
Where you could run into issues is the overhead administration, which includes the drive itself and the machines that are using the mapped drive. Problems can arise if drive letters change, PC host changes name; things like that, but it's a fairly decent solution. I use a free backup program called Personal Backup, which allows me to shedule backups and use the mapped drives over the network.