I need to backup servers at my office. Can someone tell me if this idea will work?
Posted on 2004-11-12
Okay... I am pretty new and designing backup solutions. In fact I have never designed one solo before, so I'm nervous about pitching my idea to the president of the company without getting some feedback on it first. I don't have anyone locally that I can bounce ideas off of, so I'm hoping that there are people here who can give me some pointers on what I should and shouldn't do.
For starters, I have a few different servers (2 Domain Controllers, Multiple SQL Servers, an Exchange Server, and a couple of file servers). There is quite a bit of data that will need backed up. I'm not sure if I will break a Terabyte or not, but it could be close (within a couple hundred GB or so).
I've been doing some research and I think I have a solution in mind that will work, but I need someone to point out the holes in my plan. I'm thinking about purchasing a Dell PowerVault 745N with 2.8GHz P4, 2GB RAM, 4 250 GB HDs in a RAID 5 setup (my boss wants Dell hardware only). I don't know if I will need more storage than this, because everyone I've talked to has different ideas about what exactly needs to be backed up. The machine comes with Windows Storage Server 2003. I think that I will be able to install Veritas Backup Exec on this machine and use it to copy files from the other servers to the PowerVault. Then I have a 120GB Tape drive that I will install in the PowerVault and I will use it to make tape copies of all the data on the Power Vault for offsite storage. This gives us protection against a huge disaster like fire, and it provides us with a quick recovery option if one of the servers in the office goes down. I believe this type of setup is referred to as a Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape backup solution.
I have read that Windows Storage Server 2003 has features that are supposed to enable it to work well with Exchange, but I don't know exactly how it does this (I still have much to read), and also it supports VSS (Shadow Copy), but I'm not totaly sure how exactly that pertains to my situation. I think it will let users, or myself to easily retrieve accidentally deleted or modified files.
I apologize for the long windedness, but I do not want to spend a ton of money without getting some feedback from people I trust. I have had great experiences so far with the people here at Experts Exchange.
I look forward to any replies. Thanks in advance.