Is it practical to have a server OS and data on separate drives and back them up separately?
Posted on 2009-07-05
One backup strategy I have used with a desktop pc is to install Windows and programs on one drive and data on a separate drive. I take an Acronis image of the OS drive and update this image periodically after Windows updates or after adding new programs. I back up the data daily. If Windows gets scrambled I simply restore the OS disk using the image and then I have a clean system again without touching the data. Because I am not backing up the OS, the size of the daily data backup is small.
Is this strategy practical with a server? Why or why not?
I have a Dell PowerEdge 2900 server with a PERC 5i integrated controller. Windows SBS 2003 and programs are installed on a RAID 1, and data (Exchange databases, SQL database for my accounting software, Users Shared folders, network shares, Client Apps, and WSUS database) are installed on a RAID 5. I use BackupExec 11d.