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I'm getting ready to back up around 50GB - 75GB of data from 3 office across the WAN. This WAN has T1 connections. I'm using Symantec Backup Exec with remote agents on the servers in the remote locations. All the remote locations would be backing up the data across the WAN to a SAN. My question is, is backing up this amount of data recomended across a WAN or should I just install Backup Exec at the remote sites & put the backups locally? Any opinions would be appreciated.
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It would take you days to copy 75 GB of data over a 1.5 Mbit link.
Absolutely not - install BE at the remote sites and if you need to get the data to your central locations investigate an option with incremental disk based backups for dailies and a full monthly backup broken in 2 GB chunks, which you could maybe transfer over robocopy once a month, eating up bandwidth during the night for a week or so . I'm honestly only giving this as an option due to the financial crisis...
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If you are in a windows 2003 environment you may want to consider Distributed File System and replication.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technologies/storage/dfs/default.mspx

Have the remote sites set to replicate with your local systems.  The initial replication can be a pain and take up lots of bandwidth, but will not hog bandwidth afterwards because it only replicates changed data.

Don't know if this is suitable for your needs and $ requirements, but its an idea.

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Thanks sciphre & L3370. That's what I was thinking about the T1 lines. I considered DFS & we do have Win 2003 R2 right now but are also getting ready to upgrade to Windows 2008. Can I still do DFS with Win 2008? Would you recomend doing DFS on the 2003 boxes & then doing the upgrade or do the upgrade to 2008 & then setup DFS? Thanks again.
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That's a good question wantabe.

Win2008 does have DFS, and I've heard there's even been some beneficial updates to DFS.  What I don't know is how streamlined the process is when migrating from 2003 to 2008. I have no working knowledge of 2k8 so its not a call I could make

But if the 2008 upgrade is coming soon I'd hold off till then I guess. No sense in doing things twice if you can prevent it hehe.
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