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One of my client runs small business and want to implement backup.to prevent any future disaster of data...the .infrastructure consists of win2k3
SMB server and xp clients.Could you pls suggest me some possible options to implement backup with a cost-effective manner.Do i need to go for any online backups or tapes...etc....etc...

Please give me some valuable suggestions...and benefits on implementation.

Many Thanks in advance
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for hardware disaster better u go for tape backup....

for very imp data take daily incremental backup + twice a month differential backup...

if u have small data to backup (around gb) then daily full backup will be ok....

u can create two schedule for both morning and evening or night(for mnc company)
Note:  I am an online backup service provider, VAR (reseller) and consultant.  Some may consider my opinions biased.
The built in backup in SBS is not a particularly useful or reliable means of protecting your system.  There are a number of commercial products available to you.  I typically recommend a two layered strategy for most  businesses.
1) Regular backup of system state and working data files.  This can be done locally to removable storage (USB/Firewire portable drives or tape) (Avoid CD/DVD as unreliable) - the most common software being Backup Exec (Symantec) or Retrospect (EMC/Dantz).  You can also use an online backup service for this like my company (lexmarsolutions.com) as well as Mozy Pro, Iron Mountain and many others.  As a rule of thumb, once you have about 200Gb of working data you really are getting out of the realm of the online backup services unless you have a very fast upload speed available and the service you use doesn't throttle the bandwidth (I can't elaborate without being biased toward my service or others like me).
2) Periodic disk imaging of the boot drives and all the application software.  There are some fairly good opensource/freeware/shareware products fot this as well as the commercial standards Acronis True Image and Symantec Ghost.  By habit I lean in the direction of Acronis.
The idea is that you need to be able to protect your working data first and the disk imaging comes into play for really big disasters (fire, theft, flood - Acts of GOD events).  Disk imaging will recover a working system with licenses intact - even to a replacement computer but is not good for things like restoring a single corrupted or erased file or most importantly previous versions.  The process is slow but only really needs to be done maybe a couple times a year.
Regular backup can be done frequently (typically daily).  It is very good at pulling back the customer proposal the sales guy used for a template and accidently overwrote with the new proposal.
Key things to consider:  To protect your data it has to be kept in a safe location (off site), it must be done regularly, it must be recoverable (tested).  If these criteria are not met the plan will fail when you need it most.
Hope this helps.
mytech15Author Commented:
Answer is very informative...provided information on various backup possibilities..

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