How to use NT Backup

Posted on 2009-04-30
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
We are using MS Server 2003 and would like to start using NT backup.
We will be backing up to a NAS. Could I get a run down on how to set-up this process and what are the Standard Good Practices.
Question by:gregloflin
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Best practice #1 - Don't use a NAS device.

    Among the key things you want from a backup are the ability to restore it.  If you backup to a NAS device, the NAS device lives on your network.  Are you going to remove it on a daily or weekly basis to take it off site (in case the building burns down, it floods, someone steals the server and NAS, a meteor strikes the building, a gun fight ensues and the server and NAS are destroyed?)  Admittedly, some of those things are FAR from likely to happen... but if they can't happen... then why are you doing backups?

    Backups should be done to a medium that can be easily and frequently rotated off site.  Use External USB Hard drives or tape... (depending on the quantity of data).  But don't use a NAS for backup - that's not what they were or should be meant for.
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    Thanks this helped a lot.

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