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Removable Storage Security Info (ntbackup)

I use W2K Removable Storage System and ntbackup to perform weekly full backups (unmanaged) and daily differential backups (managed) on 2 separate tapes (per week).

I create full backups using the unmanaged method with ntbackup. If my W2K server died, am I able to restore from these tapes to a completely new box. I have always imagined I would be able to do so, but if I can, then this also poses a security risk, and, therefore anyone who got hold of one of our backup tapes could theoretically restore all our data to their own system? I have a feeling that the tapes may not be recognized on a new system (without restoring the remote storage database from the old system).

What is the best way to ensure I can restore our full system to new hardware?

Graham
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jhanceCommented:
Indeed, system backups CAN be a security risk.  That's why PHYSICAL SECURITY for both the system AND the BACKUP MEDIA is vitally important.

A hostile user armed with a system backup CAN recover secure information that can help to compromise the system.

Keep the backups in a SAFE PLACE, both from damage AND from unauthorized access.
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Joel MillerDevOps EngineerCommented:
If you keep backups onsite and you are worried about PEOPLE getting to them, I would be a LOT more worried about FIRE and FLOOD getting to them!

If your servers are destroyed by physical damage, you need a way to get your company back on its feet with the tapes that were not destroyed by the same physical damage...
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