Server 2008 Backups

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I am looking to quote a client on a new Server setup. I am looking at getting them Ext USB Drives to perform the backups using builtin backup utility. I was going to get NAS but just too many issues currently! My question is:-

Can I configure 2 Ext USB's to backup to (i.e use Drive1 for week 1 and at the end of the week take that drive offsite and plugin Drive 2 and use that for the next week), basically rotate them on a weekly basis.?

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junzcptAsked:
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kentcomputersConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yep.  I do that all the time.  Cheap and easy solution for backups.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
One question... what happens when, on the day before you swap out the drive, the building burns down?  Is it acceptable to restore backups that are nearly a week old?  Or would it make more sense to buy another drive or three and swap them out daily?
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kentcomputersCommented:
It's a cost/benefit analysis that depends on how critical your backups are.  It takes work to swap the drives out all of the time, but gives you better protection.   Another thing you can do is keep a backup for the year, and month, etc, in case you ever need to go back to an earlier version of a file.
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junzcptAuthor Commented:
leew: - I hear you. but as kencomputers says it takes work to swap out the drives and I'm just trying to make it as easy as possible for my client to manage this and have explained the risks.

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hutnorCommented:
"what happens when, on the day before you swap out the drive, the building burns down?  Is it acceptable to restore backups that are nearly a week old?"

Hey leew - What would you restore to if your company just burnt to the ground / no office for everyone to work in? I assume the servers/clients would have went up in flames with everything else.

You can look at having ext usbs in a raid 1 for better protection for disk failures. 2 extra drives is not that much for twice the protection.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
> What would you restore to if your company just burnt
> to the ground / no office for everyone to work in?

It's 2008 which is far more hardware independent.  You could restore to just about anything using the same brand processor (assuming you didn't use an OEM OS license - which I rarely recommend).

Since when do you NEED an office?  People work from home all the time.

Some things may be EXTREMELY difficult to recover in that scenario if they aren't on the backup.
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