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Looking for suggestions for backup system

I am looking for some suggestions for solid, reliable and RESTORABLE backup system.

Here is my basic configuration that I want/need to backup:

Two Windows 2003 servers:

ServerA: MS-SQL running a 3rd party accounting software and also is the Active Directory.  Total backup requirement today is about 20GB's.

ServerB: MS-Exchange and also is an AD server.  Total backup requirement today is about 35GB's

My basic requirements for a backup system are are follows:
1) Full and complete backup of both the systems without shutting down the server processes
2) Would prefer a single-tape solution, but if no tape can handle total data load, then tape juke box and use of multiple tapes is fine.
3) Would prefer NOT to use NTBackup, (unless someone can convince me that it is 100% reliable on restores)
4) Need to be able to backup and restore ONLY the Active Directory from the Windows Server environment without having to backup the entire System State of the servers.
5) Would prefer capability to be able to backup and restore individual mailboxes in Exchange.
6) Pretty much has to be a Windows Server solution, (I.e. not a Linux/Unix solution)
7) Be able to administer the tape system from an administrative workstation instead of from the server only

For now, those are my basic requirements.  
Given that, what hardware and software configurations, (and some ballpark costs), would anyone suggest I look to?

Thank you,
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
1) Buy ArcServe  server software:  http://www3.ca.com/solutions/Product.aspx?ID=4536  ($775.00)
2) Buy Arcserve SQL Agent:  ($1000)  http://www3.ca.com/solutions/ProductOption.aspx?ID=2748
3) Buy ArcServe Exchange Agent ($1000) http://www3.ca.com/solutions/ProductOption.aspx?ID=2748
4) or if you have SBS , you can buy This:  http://www3.ca.com/solutions/Product.aspx?ID=3375  ($695..inlcudes SQL and Exchange agents)


Tape drives:  http://www.dell.com/content/products/compare.aspx/tapeb_sing?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd

You should be able to fit this all on one tape
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jgrammer42Author Commented:
NJComputerNetworks,
Thank you.  I noticed that on the hardward platforms all are "desktop" type of configurations.  What if I want to rackmount my tape system?  Any suggestions there?

Thank you,
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jgrammer42Author Commented:
NJComputerNetworks,
So, even though you are promoting the Dell tape units, you believe that the Veritas software will perform better than Dell's supported softward of "Yosemite" or "Symantec", correct?

Why?  What does Veritas do, provide or support that is better than the "turn-key" software that Dell is selling?

Thank you,
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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
I list Dell hard because it was easy to find...  I do not support Dell over HP over IBM... I have found the functionality to be about the same...

"you believe that the Veritas software will perform better than Dell's supported softward of "Yosemite" or "Symantec", correct?"  -  I am giving you details about Arcserve (Computer Associates)... However, I do believe this is just as good as Veritas, symantec, yosemite...  

I think Veritas and Arcserve are the two most popular software backup packages in the US market.  Mose people who I have interviewed and visites onsite tend to use these products.  They are have a great share of the market.  However, this does not mean that they function bettern the yosemite or better then any other product.  They are simply widely used and highly supported.

In fact, I believe that you can perform reliable backups with native Windows NTBACKUP...  However, the scheduling and reporting may not be quite as nice as the third party software.  So, the real question is.... what am I comfortable with?  

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jgrammer42Author Commented:
Thank you NJComputerNetworks,

I'll go ahead and accept your answer and do some followup research.
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