Backup tapes out of space - strategical problem!!
Posted on 2008-11-17
We have one server with pretty much everything on it (DNS, AD, Exchange, etc.) running Win 2003 SBS.
To back up we have Symantec Backup exec system recovery that backs up on a remote hard drive on the network and Symantec backup Exec that backs up on 2 tapes. Each tape is 80Gb uncompressed.
We can possibly squeeze in another 10Gb max on both tapes together.
The problem is that we are buying another server (win 2008 std) to run as terminal server. It will eventually need to be backed up as well.
What would be the cheapest way to expand the back up strategy?
I am thinking of these options -
1. Leave the tapes as they are and back up the new server only with Symantec System recovery to the same remote hard drive.
2. Buy another 80Gb tape drive and put it in the new server.
(Both of these solutions would still mean that once the 2 tapes on SBS 2003 server are full, we'll need to invest in a new tape drive.)
3. Buy a 200Gb tape drive and put it in the old SBS server replacing the 2 80Gb tapes. Put one of the old 80Gb tapes in the new server.
This solution would be obviously the most expensive.
Any suggestions or completely different solutions are welcome!!