SBS 2003 remote mirror/backup server?
Posted on 2008-10-23
I am soon to be installing an SBS 2003 R2 server for a business. They have two sites, a main office and a small office a couple of miles away. They have a VPN connection between the two, although nothing really goes on at the small office.
The company is pretty hot on backup and disaster prevention, and it has been suggested to me that I use the VPN to backup the SBS 2003 server to the smaller office. They don't want to bother with third-party remote backup companies.
I think the idea is a good one, but I am unsure what my best option is. Ideally I would like to set up a mirror server at the second site, that is automatically kept identical in every way. I am not even sure if this is possible. The company already has a Server 2003 box setu p which is being decommisioned (long story) and I could use this either in its current flavour or with SBS 2003 if possible.
The second option that has been suggested to me is some kind of live, low-bandwidth backup link between the two sites. I suppose I could make an image of the SBS 2003 server every week, and if the worst happens, restore it with up-to-date backups from the second site.
I am open to ideas on this one, cost isn't a massive issue.