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Setting up backup system for server 2003 server

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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I am trying to setup a backup system for my enterprise's server.

It is running server 2003 x64.  The server is the primary DC, and the sole Exchange 2007 server.

It is located in a datacenter.  I have a computer in my office that has removable hard drives attached that can store backups.  (and can be accessed via ftp)

On the server, I have vmware server installed.  There is a virtual machine also running server 2003 (but x86) that hosts a sharepoint server, and is also a secondary DC.

I need to figgure out a way that i can back all of this up, so that if the primary server fails, i can restore it (I think the datacenter can only install a clean image, then i need to restore it on top of the image)

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Site Reliability Engineer
Most Valuable Expert 2011

I could highly recommend Backup Exec for managing the backups of multiple servers. I have deployed this in several networks with backups to network drives / network locations, and it works very well.

In your situation, I would not be looking to transfer the Backup by FTP. Provided the connection between the two sites is fast enough, then the best route is undoubtedly going to be a site-to-site VPN between the two sites. This means you can then refer to your remote storage machine in your office using its IP address or DNS name, and then run the backup over the VPN link.

In this configuration, you would be looking at installing the Backup Exec Media Server software on one server - perhaps the physical machine. You can then use a Remote Agent license for backing up your Virtual Machine. You would also need the Exchange agent to perform a proper Exchange-aware backup of your Exchange instance.


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The remote server is not on a domain nor is connected via vpn.

would backup exec still work?
tigermattSite Reliability Engineer
Most Valuable Expert 2011


It could - but in that case, I would suggest that you store the backups from Backup Exec at the remote site. You could always 'rent' some more rackspace - in the form of a second server - and use that as your 'Backup Server' in the remote site.

By having no VPN link between sites, it will be difficult to transfer any form of backup between the remote site and your local office.

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