Backup Scheme For Powervault 124T Autoloader
Posted on 2006-05-08
I have just purchased a 124T autoloader. I've never used one of these and have a few questions. There's not much documentation with it and I need to understand how to create a backup scheme with offsite storage.
I have 5 servers: ISA Firewall, Exchange 2003, Win 2003 file/print server, SQL 2000 server and another 2003 server which has 1TB drive space that I want to use as a backup server. The autoloader is attached to the backup server. Due to cost constraints, we purchased the autoloader with only one copy of Yosemite backup and no extra agents. Yosemite is installed to the backup server. I want to be able to backup each server to the 'backupserver' and then archive all data backups to the autoloader using the Yosemite software. We didn't buy agents for each server since it would have more than doubled the cost. I've toyed around with using NTBackup from each server to store a full and daily differentials of each server onto the backupserver, which works well, however, my dilemma is that I want to have a rotation scheme for the autoloader and I want to store all the full and differential backups on tape with a 1 week window remaining on the backup server. Is this a good idea? If not, can anyone give me a good recommendation on the best way to secure my data with the tools that I currently have?