QUESTION   What’s the difference between Desktop and Server?

ANSWER  Desktop is for personal computers, Server is for file servers.

Desktop is the application installed on a computer that is responsible for securely transmitting data between the device on which the application is installed and the service. It runs silently in the background, ensuring that your data is securely backed up whenever a file is added or changed.

File Protection Server is designed specifically to run on server operating systems to back up the files stored on local, attached, or network drives. File Protection Server always runs in service mode, which ensures that it's constantly backing data up, even on unattended devices.

Here are some key differences between Desktop and Server:

Feature Desktop Server
Backup locations permitted Internal drives only for unlimited plans

Internal drives, external drives, and network drives for metered plans
Internal drives, external drives and network drives
Supported OS's Windows, MacOS Windows Server, Windows
Maximum bandwidth 5MB/s 10MB/s
Service Mode Can be enabled* Always runs in service mode
Usage Single User Profile File Servers
* While service mode can be enabled and may be a suitable temporary option (for instance, when performing the initial backup), we do not offer technical support for Desktop when running in service mode.

For more information about Desktop, please refer to About Datto File Protection and Desktop System Requirements.

For more information about Server, please refer to About File Protection Server and File Protection Server Requirements.