Backup Solutions

Hi All,

This more of a general opion question. I am currently researching Backup Solutions for Windows Server Environments. I would really like some opinions and maybe some links that you can direct me to in regards to best solutions from those who have had experience with different applications. I currently use Symantec Backup Exec v12, SP2. But as some of you may know it is a fickle piece of software that needs constant attention to get 100% successful backup jobs on a regular basis. I need a solution that I can set and leave. What is out there that is stable, solid, scalable, User friendly, and productive, with a quick and easy recovery process.
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Mal OsborneAlpha GeekCommented:
Depends on your environment & what you are trying to do.   We have done an evaluation of Microsoft DPM, it looks quite good.
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Cptn_SmoothAuthor Commented:
The environment I have is Server 2003, with 6 servers running into a SAN, with enough space to do disk backup so I am open to all platforms of backup except online. I work on a remote site so I don't have the bandwidth to do online backup.
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pradeepg1971Commented:
Option1.
Dedicated Server with tape drive for Backup.
In servers to be backed up, use the second network adapter with another ip range  to connect to the back server [via switch].This reduce the n/w traffic.
Schedule a daily Full or incremental[night] with a max period of 10 hours[that ends before the office hours] as per the requirement.

Also in symantec there is an option to create intelligent disaster recovery, that you can create a cloned CD of the system. Restore it when there is a problem. For eg, you can create a clone of active directory CD and restoer when required. the latest change will not be there, but you will be able to restore the Domain back.

Option2:
Dedicated Server with good capacity that can serve the complete servers DB size.
Schedule a backup to disk option in symantec at night.
At day time schdule a backup to tape backup.

Backup exe is SMB software.
Netbackup is enterprise level software.
Arc server is another popular one that can be tried.

But the Backup/restore technology is almost similar in all. In depens on how we manage and manintain the same.
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Cptn_SmoothAuthor Commented:
Noted pradeepg1971.

Is there anyone that has worked with Simpana 8 or FalconStor?
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Thomas RushCommented:
You might also want to consider a Virtual Tape Library (VTL) product.  These emulate multiple tape autoloaders or libraries, and have some real advantages:
- Eliminate most of the problems with physical tape (bad or missing media, tape spanning, etc.)
- Provide the benefits of tape automation: Create a device with multiple tape slots so you don't have to worry about filling up a tape and changing tapes at 3AM
- Creation of multiple target devices allows you to run many backup jobs concurrently
- May provide for automatic tape offload, a process that can be automated, managed, and run during business hours
- Many can be used to perform replication to a remote site so that you've got protection against a site disaster (fire, flood, theft, etc,)

They are more expensive than a standalone tape drive, however... but a sound investment for many small- to mid-size businesses.
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