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anyone know a good alternate backup solution ?
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by:Andres Perales
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Well what are you doing for backups right now?
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by:PaperTiger
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what are you backing up?
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by:shadow2007
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am currently backing up 90% windows clients and servers (folders and shadow copies nothing too elaborate), but gradually gettting more linux servers so yes would be helpful if i can have file+shadow+some DB backup solutions
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by:PaperTiger
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what kind of backup do you want to do? what level of downtime and file loss can you tolerate? 1 day? 2 days?
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by:shadow2007
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errrr i guess i would go with minimal downtime, 1-2hours, but to be honest the backup we currently use are mainly for critical services, which is why the minimal downtime. therefore i would be doing hourly incremental and daily full for some services and daily full for some and weekly full for some.
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go back to my first question, would you give a detailed list of things that you want to back up? It would help me to determine what is needed.
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by:shadow2007
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can someone help please I think i have explained pretty clearly
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like i said, i don't think you explained your need clearly. different need/requirement demands different strategy.

For example, if you want 1-2 hour downtime, assuming you only back up files and your files are stored on an RAID 5 drive not NAS, and it's not a domain controller

1. you need a stand-by server
2. you need to replicate everything from the LIVE shared drive to the Stand-by server's hard drive - i would put a NAS so that you wont need to run the Stand-by all the time.
3. run a nightly backup just to be on the safe side.

To do these, you'll need:
1. build a stand-by server, a complete mirror of the LIVE, also refresh it once a quarter or anytime there's a major change.
2. get small synchronization software - i use HandyBackup
3. get a NAS drive
4. set up Windows backup



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