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Backup Solutions for SBS Server and Exchange.

dbrunton
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I have a SBS server that needs backup software and hardware.  I am looking for recommendations.

I have noted recommendations that the server and Microsoft Exchange need different backup software or strategies.

I am thinking of tape for backup but would a USB plug in hard disk also be suitable.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Depends on how much data you need to backup and how long you have to save it before you can overwrite it.  And if you are in the USA, you need to be a little careful because if you get involved in a lawsuit, you cannot overwrite your backups - you have to save every one (new law went into effect in December 2006).  So while I GENERALLY like disk based backup when you're backing up 300 GB or LESS, this new law has me rethinking that, and thinking that tape, in the long term, could be the smarter move.
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The old version of my backup comment is here (I'm rewriting it to include other items as well - check back periodically)

http://www.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/backup.asp
As far as software, there is no need to purchase any.

SBS has backup software installed natively, and it does a far better job that anything else that you plug into it.  In the server management console, go to backup.

As for media, I am not a subscriber to leew's disk backups strategies, not that they are a bad idea, it is just not my preference.  I am much more partial to LTO Ultrium drives at the moment, they are more expensive than a disk based solution, but, in my experience and opinion, a more flexible and reliable alternative.

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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal Consultant
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My suggestion is that you always use what you already have, and then if that doesn't do the job then go look for something else.

With SBS you already have what most folks need to run a backup that is sufficient for most circumstances.  (You have the software).

The question is really then, "What media do I back up to"?   Without a doubt, USB hard disk drives have proven to be the most economical and flexible solution for the majority of my clients, and I continue to implement these for all new SBS installations.  Generally a set of three 120GB drives (the 2.5" drives are more expensive, but definitely easier to transport) will do the job.  Each drive would therefore be able to hold approx 3 backups and if rotated off-site nightly, would provide you with the last week or more worth of backups.

Of course this is the "generalized" recommendation.  If you have specific issues or needs that should be attended to, then you might need to consider other options.  For a full overview of SBS's backup routine, please see http://sbsurl.com/backup

If you want to learn more about SBS Disaster Recovery from the SBS Show Podcast, please see:
http://www.vladville.com/sbsshow/sbsshow-episode3.mp3
http://www.vladville.com/sbsshow/sbsshow-episode4.mp3

Jeff
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I would recommend using Acronis Enterprise. I have used several backup solutions, including backup exec, ghost, arcserve, novaback, backupmyPC, and more. In my opinion, Acronis is the most reliable, and by far the most effecient backup solution on the market today. The package is feature rich, the interface is intuitive, and the product works. I am sure I sound like a salesman for this company, but I promise that I am not. I have just been in several situations where backups failed to restore properly before finding this product, which has saved my neck several times. You can find more information and download/purchase the product here....http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/ATISWin/

Greg
I also prefer to use external drives, either USB 2.0 or Firewire 800, hot swappable, and at least 2 so that at least 1 can be off site at all times, and they can be alternated weekly.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.

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Time to close this question.

Will be going to USB based disk drives for the moment.  Robocopy and batch files should do the trick for the data.  (Except Exchange which I'm not going to concern myself with).  This is a short term solution.  I may look later at a long term solution but may pass this to someone else.  (This shouldn't have been my problem).

I'd forgotten about leew's posting.

Looked at Ultrim drives as redseatechnologies suggested.  Ah, yes.  Costly and probably overkill for the amount of data involved.  Its about 80 Gb and changes by about 2 Gb a year.  (This doesn't include the Exchange).  Most of it is pretty constant.

Not in USA so overwriting backups is not a problem.
Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal Consultant
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Robocopy and batch files???  That sounds rather silly considering that SBS's built-in backup works so well.  Looks like you really don't care much about this data since you seem to be washing your hands of the whole situation anyhow.... which makes me wonder why we, as experts, cared about it either.

Jeff
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