Backup Solution Required for Windows Servers
Posted on 2009-04-11
I need to put in a new backup solution at the company I work at...
We'll want to backup about 10/15 Windows server running 2000/2003 and potentially 2008 Server.
Servers are split over 2 sites which are very closely geographically connected via a site to site radio link (11MBps). Currently very low usage over link so data throughput is not an issue.
We have mainly Dell/IBM servers. Two of which are running VM ESXi with a couple virtual 2003 virtual servers (Dell 2950's are the chassis).
Also I will be shortly migrating email from VPOP3 to Exchange 2007 so will be requiring the Exchange Backup agent.
I would like to be backing up all the servers to the point where DR's can be performed easily and quickly should we need to. I would also like to backup all the servers to one tape device (We currently have a HP Ultrium 2 drive which we could utilize). So this means having the media device stationed at site A and pulling the data from site B over the data link.
I would like to take into consideration the ability to restore servers regardless of hardware specification of the destination Server.
Is there a method of restoring a hardware based server onto a VM server from a backup?
Open to all suggestions and my requirements are nothing more than standard, but looking for some future proof solutions in line with today technologies, e.g. VM, Exchange 2007, Server 2008!
Thanks all for any suggestions.