Sensible backup strategy?

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by SYoung, Feb 17, 2005.

  1. SYoung

    SYoung Guest


    We have just started running SBS on our network (small business < 5 users at

    Backup budget was buttons so this is what we came up with.

    Our basic backup strategy is that we run the SBS backup on a nightly basis
    to an external hard drive. (Current backup is about 10GB). We have been
    copying the backup to a workstation, compressing/zipping and writing to DVD
    to start with as the compressed backup will fit on a DVD but this is not
    going to be the ase for much longer.

    I am thinking about getting a 2nd USB hard drive which can be plugged in
    each morning and receive a copy of the backups on the 1st backup drive. It
    can then be unplugged and taken off site each evening. I could then copy the
    contents of this drive to an offsite system if necessary.

    It seems a low cost way to manage the backup - but is it effective?
    SYoung, Feb 17, 2005
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  2. Why not put external hard drive on a workstation and backup to
    I've got one SBS2003 site where the backup goes to a workstation every
    night, and twice a week we use WinRAR to split the ~18GB .bkf file in to
    DVD-sized chunks and these are then burned to DVDs. We're using six
    DVDs/week, so this strategy will be cheaper than buying a tape drive for at
    least the next ten years.... ;-)

    James Reather, Feb 17, 2005
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  3. SYoung

    SYoung Guest

    Thanks that makes a lot of sense - I will investigate further.

    SYoung, Feb 17, 2005
  4. A portable usb drive makes this a valid strategy. By portable, I mean spend
    a little extra on one that a) doesn't need a separate power supply, and b)
    is small and ruggedized. LaCie for example makes some very portable drives
    in the 40 gb size.

    The downside is that this process requires some manual intervention to
    delete the backup from the portable drive, copy the *most recent* backup
    from the backup location, and of course connect/disconnect the drive.

    It's as reliable as the persons tasked with the procedure ;-).
    Les Connor [SBS Community Member - SBS MVP], Feb 17, 2005
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