I have been working on the best strategy to backup and have looked at various options, including tape and hard drives. I am currently favouring the following setup but wanted to get some ideas about the suitability of it.
We have a Windows 2003 SBS setup on a Dell Poweredge with RAID 5, SCSI etc. This has about 50 Gb of data, not all of which changes often. We also use Exchange
I was looking at various nas solutions but have come across the following
This seems good value and for a small network maybe it is a good solution, 400Gb of space, SATA drive.
Then the software, I have used various solutions to image pcs, and have been looking at Acronis to image the server. I like the idea of not having to reinstall the whole operating system should the server fail and it is also capable of creating incremental backups.
The idea I am toying with is a combination of NT Backup and Acronis, I know it can get a bit unwieldy making continous incremental images and am wondering if I can make a basic image once a week and then backup changed data incrementally with NTbackup, then in the event of server failure, restore the image, then just put the latest data back. I suppose this would be fine for data, but I can see a major problem with Exchange and system state data unless I increment the image every day. However, there might be a way to do this that I haven't thought of, or someone may have a backup strategy that would work with both programs.
All ideas on the above much appreciated