I am trying to find a better backup solution for my SBS2003 domain.
I am currently running a SBS2003 as my domain server as well as a Windows 2003 server (under the SBS2003) as a file/data server. I would connect a USB drive to the file server and have both the SBS2003 and the file server backup to the USB drive. This worked OK; I had two drives that I would swap nightly and take offsite, however the USB drive would randomly cause the file server crash. Once I stopped connecting the USB drive to the file server it operated flawlessly.
Instead of connecting the USB drive to the file server I then attempted to connect it to a client computer on the network. Again this worked OK and I was able to get both the SBS2003 server and the file server to backup to it, but the connection to the USB drive is tempermental and for the most part this solution has also failed.
I am thinking that I should either purchase
-Two NAS drives, connect one to our network and have my two servers I want to back up, backup up to it. I would again swap out the NAS drive daily and take one home for offsite storage.
-One eSata enclosure with a hot swappable drive. Connect this to either the SBS2003 server or the file server, perform backups and swap out the drive daily for offsite storage.
-Does anyone have any suggestions on type of setup and hardware I should use?
-Would I be able to swap out NAS drives by just unplugging it from the network and plugging in the identical one? Would it be recognized by the server as the same drive and backup to it?
-Is doing eSata enclosure with a hot swappable drive a better solution?
I need this solution to be economical;
The solution needs to be portable so it can easily be swapped and taken home nightly;
I am okay with a single drive solution (that I have two of and trade out to take offsite);
I am backing up about 500GB so I am expecting that I have 1TB of storage so I can expand.