SBS2003 Backup/Restore Software thats good and QUICK

Posted on 2007-11-22
Last Modified: 2008-09-07
Hi Everyone,
This might sound lame, but can anyone recommend a software solution that does reasonablly quick backups and restores for SBS2003, including Exchange and SQL.
Had a quick search and Veritas was mentioned back in 2003.
The tape drives are LTO1 (100/200GB).
My customer is using Brightstore version 9 at the moment (which is very outdated) and I need to upgrade . Need software to be able to backup at brick level for Exchange.

The main issue is speed - restore of exchange takes a good 7 - 8 hours for a 20GB store.

Thanks and Regards
Question by:aark-it

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I use a piece of software called Backup 4 Business for several customers that my company supports, never had any issues with it, its fast and the support is very good.
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If you need to do brick level backup of Exchange then you probably won't get one QUICK. Veritas is ok but it takes a bit of time when it comes to restore (until you perform Backup-to-Disk but I guess you need to do backup on tapes for safety reason)


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Thanks for those two recommendations;
1st - offsite backup storage is a good idea, but still rather costly - especially when you have around 200GB of data you want backing up!

2nd - when you say backup to disk - can you backup to an external USB drive - and is it fast on the restore?
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I do all of my SBS backups to disk.  Takes about an hour to back up 40 to 50 GB.  I do this for my clients as well.  

I cannot vouch for an exchange restore, since I have not had to run one yet.  (knocks on wood...)  However, it seems you have a pretty full tape!  If you are backing up 200 GB on a 100/200 tape, compressed data always takes longer to restore.  it is a performance trade off for space.  

Another idea is to do image backups with a program like Acronis True Image.  It is very popular within the SBS community.  Take a  look and see.  Good luck.  

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Another good piece of backup software (similar sort of thing to Veritas) is Arc Serve,  I used to use it with several Lotus Notes servers and it was very good at backing up open files and live systems.
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Simple and fast.

Symantec BE 11 which includes disk and tape support.

You install a Seagate Freagent Pro(320 gb about $99 bucks @Frys) that has eSATA built in and install an eSATA (About $39 bucks) controller and have it do a disk to disk image backup.

Then use your tape to back up the eSATA for off site storage.

If you need to do DR,you can boot and restore from an image.
If you need to do a file by file restore,just use the restore function in BE.

Quck ,fast and painless.
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