Need Advice on Good backup hardware and software

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by S. Ahmed, Nov 3, 2006.

  1. S. Ahmed

    S. Ahmed Guest


    We have SBS 2003 standard, 2 nics, router, statip IP, SBS is DHCP server.
    Everything is working fine. We are planning to purchase some backup hardware
    (most probably USB hard drive) and software and need some advice on which one
    to purchase that works well with SBS 2003 standard. There are so many
    options out there. Is SBS included backup utility good ? has anyone tried
    its restore feature ? Our budget for this is under $1000.

    Thanks in advance
    S. Ahmed, Nov 3, 2006
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    I tend to like Maxtor, but note that the brand of USB hard drive you buy
    doesn't really matter as much as how *many* you buy. You need to be able to
    a) swap 'em out and b) store 'em offsite. Personally, I'm old fashioned and
    prefer tape drives, although they are expensive.

    SBSBackup should be just fine.
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Nov 3, 2006
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    Andrew Vital Guest

    I use a Sonicwall CDP 3440i and migrated to this after many years on tape. I
    like how it does incremental backups as soon as files change. I also ahve an
    offsite ability but it doesn't work as well as i'd like as you can't just get
    to the offsite info you ahve to do it all through the CDP appliance. So if
    the office were to burn down and the CDP were destroyed i'd have to get a new
    CDP appliance and then it would synch up with the offsite service and
    download all the backed up info. And taht's somewhat expensive..... like 1000
    for 10GB / year.

    I'm looking at other options after my 1 year runs out. LIke having the CDP
    in our branch office and that way all the data is housed offsite from the get

    Might be overkill for you, i know sonicwall makes a few different versions
    of thsi device.

    For my home i'm actually looking at a Netgear NAS unit that is like 90
    bucks, and you just add you orn HDs... You can add 2 so it's RAID 1. You
    could get 2 units and swap them out on a regular basis if you want offsite

    Also there are offsite services like Livevalt or similar where you can have
    it do this all offsite for you with no hardware.

    Depends on how much data you need to save and what your requirements are.

    I would probably say no to Tape, as restoring can be a challenge and with
    HDs so cheap you would be better off buying a bunch of USb Hds for probably
    teh same price (or cheaper).

    Good Luck!
    Andrew Vital, Nov 3, 2006
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