Advice: Ghosting a 2003 Drive on RAID
Posted on 2006-04-24
This is more of an advice question, though I think it still fits under the purview of this topic.
A little background, then the question: We're currently running Window 2003 SBS with four total Domain Controllers, and another 2000 server that isn't a controller. The setup I've inherited includes 2 Backup Tape drives that can handle only 40 GB a piece. The amount of information that needs to be backed up daily (outside the actual system state) for one domain controller actually reaches this 40 GB Limit.
That said, it's been suggested a few times that we take a look at Ghosting the Systems. I've searched and read quite extensively on the topic, but was curious if anyone here has any personal experience with Ghosting 2003 on RAID. Is there any utility that is better than another? Should I ditch the idea and go with a faster backup tape solution with larger tapes?
Any experience-based advice is greatly appreciated.
Question is at 500 as our backup tape solution fails regularly on a hardware level (had to replace the drives under warranty twice in a year and am currently going to end up having to replace the controller card).