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I'm looking for a way to backup a number of servers.

We have one MS small business server with 20 users, one database server with 73gb total storage, and one linux webserver. Looking for a cost effective way of backing up data. Also any info on a backup rutine would be nice.
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by:xavier_k
ID: 16935224
If you are trying to be cost effective, a NAS as a target for script that just copies everything works, if you have more open budget you might want to consider also buying backup software like Symantec BUE(backup exec) with an SBS agent, a SQL agent (if your database is SQL) and the required remote agents.
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by:marine7275
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use the following utility. It is cheap and works great!

http://www.backupassist.com/index.html

It uses the native NTbackup program. It highly improves scheduleing and automation whereas the native program struggles. Choose a lto2 tape drive and your off!

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by:kinetik20
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what do you guys think about using external harddrives, remember I have to backup 3-4 servers.
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by:marine7275
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I have done it this way, but it is time consuming. I personally like backing up up from one device(nas) rather than multiple.
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xavier_k earned 200 total points
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External Harddrives are a cost effective method, the downside is that you have to move around server to server and it is very difficult to automate with a fair amount of reliability.
The one advantage I have seen with NAS backup is that it is fast and leaves you time for other stuff. and you can get it to do a backup every 12 hours and it works every time (Well almost :-))
you can set it up to do incrementals(every 12 hrs) as well as a full backup(every week)
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by:kinetik20
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Thanks!
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