What kinds of backup solutions do people use?
Posted on 2006-05-08
I am reviewing my backup procedures after hearing someone at a conference say, "You use tape? That's only about 80% reliable." I'm not sure how accurate that comment was (we do full backups every night using Veritas with full verifies and test restore random files on a monthly basis.) We do file sharing, Exchange 2003, an ERP system, an Intranet, among other services all on Windows 2003 servers.
I'm wondering what other people do in order to sleep at night. Do you backup onto removable hard drives or spare servers? Do you occassionally do a full restore onto spare hardware (not an option for us - we can't afford a spare server just to test backups.) I'm just curious as to the opinions of other IT people - is tape enough or should we be looking at additional solutions? How do you fit those additional methods into a nightly maintenance window?
Thanks in advance for the comments. I'll split the points among the responses.