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Hello,

I work for an average sized school district and we've been using Windows backup.  We have 9 servers that need backed up and various Admin computers.  What I've been doing is set schedules for the Admin computers to backup to the servers and I would back the servers up to tape.  Although everything seems to be working fine, I'm looking for expert opions on a safe and efficient way to do this.  Is it ok to have .bkf files within .bkf files?

Thank you,

Frank -
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Yes this is OK.  But you will have to perform two restores...  One restore on the server to get the BKF file back on the server hard disk.  And then another one from the desktop to restore the actual content targeting the BKF file.

I think this works....especially if you haven't had to do very many restores.  Now, if you were constantly restoring files, I might consider using another method.  Especially if you can afford the cost of some third party software that will backup remote machines right to tape.  Like ArcServe or Veritas...

The most important thing is to test your backups to make sure that you are completely backing up your environment.  Several times a year, I would test a restore of partial data or to fully restore a desktop or server.

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