Backup software for SBS2003 Standard

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Steve, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. Steve

    Steve Guest

    I have a question about what backup software is needed for Windows Small
    Business Server 2003 standard in an enviroment where Exchange and Sharepoint
    are not utilized. Some applications use MSDE or something similar such as
    Quickbooks Enterprise using SQL for their database [though not requiring
    Microsoft SQL server]. When these types of applications are used can
    something like Backup Exec for SBS 2003 Standard properly backup and restore
    the databases of such applications or would the Premium version be
    needed/desired. Thanks for any advice.

    Steve, Mar 29, 2008
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  2. I would use SBS Backup. At least try it to see if you're satisfied. It's
    documented, well-supported by the community, you have it already, and it
    works. Using the built-in backup will save you from having to evaluate,
    install, configure, monitor and learn a 3rd party app.

    Backing Up and Restoring Windows Small Business Server 2003

    If you end up deciding to go the 3rd party route, I strongly urge you to
    take a look at ShadowProtect. I have a couple of servers running Arcserve,
    bought before I became aware of ShadowProtect. I've grown increasingly
    dissatisfied with Arcserve, including that I'm running it on a 64-bit server
    where it's been constant trouble from the beginning. Having used
    ShadowProtect on two member servers and been 100% satisfied, I plan to use
    either built-in or SP for everything going forward. There's SBS pricing, so
    make sure you find that if you're interested. (Note that SP doesn't do
    Dave Nickason [SBS MVP], Mar 29, 2008
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    Richard K Guest

    Add to that list BackupAssist. I have been using this product for almost 2
    years and it gets better every day with functionality and a much cheaper
    price than the traditional BackupExec products.

    Richard K, Mar 30, 2008
  4. I forgot about BackupAssist - I don't use it, but I know those guys are
    among the most customer and quality-focused companies around. I would not
    hesitate to use it, and you're right, you can't beat their pricing.

    Dave Nickason [SBS MVP], Mar 31, 2008
  5. I configured my test server with Windows Server 2003 and SCE, which runs on
    a SQL or MSDE database. With the system configured and running, did a SP
    backup to a network share. Booted into the controller firmware and deleted
    the RAID array, then created a new array. Booted from the SP CD and
    restored the server. When it came back up, there was some drive letter
    confusion and SQL did not start. Fixed the drive letters, manually started
    SQL, and went right back to work like nothing happened.

    So the short answer is yes, Exchange and SQL can be backed up without any
    special considerations. As you say, I'd continue to do the online Exchange
    backups, maybe to file so they're included in the SP backups. For databases
    I care about, I do Enterprise Manager backups to file a few times a day, and
    those get included in the SP backups as well. (For something like WSUS or
    monitoring, I'm less concerned than I am with databases that effect the
    actual users).

    StorageCraft recommends that if you're using SP on SBS, you enable the
    Exchange VSS writer, which is disabled by default.

    How to turn on the Exchange writer for the Volume Shadow Copy service in
    Windows Small Business Server 2003;EN-US;Q838183

    I've just d/l'd and started testing Shadow protect server. I know I
    still need to do Exchnage Online backups, what about sql? Does this
    have the ability to handle point in time restores like transaction log
    backups? Is it recommended to STOP exchnage and Sql before doing a
    complete image?

    I plan to try a bare metal restore this month - I'll pull all the six
    drives out and stick my shelf spare and see what happens when I try to
    restore just drive C....

    Dave Nickason [SBS MVP], Apr 2, 2008
  6. I can also wave the backupassist flag, they have been outstanding in
    providing me with information and their service is very good. I've recently
    become a reseller as I like the software that much I recommend it to my
    clients on a daily basis.

    Also useful to bear in mind, they don't use their own format for the
    backups, they use the windows backup format - therefore you could feasibly
    restore the backups on a machine without having their software installed.
    Always better than using a bespoke file format in my opinion, just in case
    the software/company falls into a black hole somewhere and you can't access
    your backups any more without their software! Other programs such as
    Novastor and the like use their own file format.

    Hope that is some help :)


    Ruth Cheesley, Apr 8, 2008
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    Adam White Guest

    I would like to recommend easeus todo backup.

    I'm using it do complete and incremental backup.

    It's server version is quite powerful, it may work in your environment.

    you can download the tial version to have a try.

    more details:
    Adam White, Mar 1, 2011
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