Need Help with a Backup Solution.
Posted on 2004-11-04
I just began working at a small but quickly growing company and I need to setup some sort of backup solution. Right now we have no backup strategy whatsoever. I'm in the process of shaping things up around the office (setting up a domain, installing Exchange, etc.) and I really need to have a backup solution in place before everyone starts using these things heavily. I would like to describe our current network setup and see if someone can recommend a solution that will allow me to back everything up without costing an arm and a leg. The answer doesn't have to be specific down to the exact hardware, but at least a good overview of what direction I need to go in. Here is my setup:
20 - 30 users (possibly growing to 50 users withing a year or two)
Server 1 - Domain Controller, DNS, DHCP
Server 2 - Domain Controller, DNS, DHCP, File Server (public shares, and redirected My Documents from users - up to 200 GB)
Server 3 - SQL Server (for development purposes, contains multiple large DB's - 200 GB total)
Server 4 - SQL Server (more large DB's - 100 GB) and public File Storage (100 GB)
Server 5 - Web Server, FTP Server, SMTP Server (located in DMZ, up to 50 GB of data)
Server 6 - Exchange Server 2003 and Project Server 2003 ( anywhere from 100-200GB)
Server 7 - ISA Server (Firewall, not much data here, probably needs to be backed up separately)
Most of our User's have Laptops, but as long as they keep their important files in My Documents they should be backed up to a server. Occasionally there will be other servers brought in that will house Database information and they will also need to be added to the backup some how.
Some of these machines aren't currently in place, but I am in the process of getting this network setup. I need a backup solution that will handle all of this data on multiple servers and allow a little room to grow.
I've kinda just been thrown into the middle of all of this, and I'm still pretty new at it so I'm not sure what all my options are.
Thanks in advance for any help.