SBS 2008: Tape Backups

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by nordberg, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. nordberg

    nordberg Guest


    We are starting to get some interest in SBS 2008. Historically, we've
    always been big advocates of tape backups using either SBS Backup or
    CA Arcserve. With the removal of tape support in SBS 2008, we are left
    with two options - USB/removable storage device and SBS backup, or 3rd
    party software and tape.

    Given that we have always implored our SBS customer base to embrace
    tapes over anything else, we plan to stick with this and offer a 3rd
    party solution.

    CA Arcserve will clearly do the job but lacks a customer friendly
    interface and any kind of integration into SBS itself. So I am
    wondering, what are you guys planning on doing? Will you be going down
    the SBS backup route or providing some 3rd party solution?

    Thanks in advance.
    nordberg, Oct 9, 2008
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  2. nordberg

    nordberg Guest

    Hmm - I'm not really in a position to agree or disagree as I've only
    ever used tapes. My concern is disks are much more fragile that tapes.
    I'm not adverse to change, I just need to be convinced! So far I'm
    So, what happens when the first disk fails?

    Agreed on the Green Checkmark. Kind of what I mean by integration.
    nordberg, Oct 9, 2008
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  3. Hi

    I have a great deal of respect for the professionals who advocate tape,
    especially the responders to this thread! I personally gave up on tape years
    ago and switched to Hard Disk Backup because of the nature of my client base.

    One of the factors to consider in this debate is support. Tape is no longer
    supported by MS on any Server 2008 product including SBS 2008 and if you have
    ANY difficulty with backup OR RESTORE you are totally in an unsupported by MS
    position on your server and reliant on your third party vendor for support
    until the server is restored to operating condition..

    I don't want my clients to be in an unsupported position!
    Frank McCallister, Oct 9, 2008
  4. Hi Nordberg:

    I read through the rest of the posts in this thread and wanted to add that
    there is nothing to prevent you from doing a combination of backups. You
    could run the SBS disk based backup and a third party tape backup.

    Because of the nature of the SBS 2008 to Disk backup, a former option of
    creating the backup and then writing that to tape would not really be viable
    in SBS 2008.

    Larry Struckmeyer [SBS-MVP], Oct 9, 2008
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