Backup strategy when using Backup Exec and Windows Server Backup?
Posted on 2011-03-17
I have an SBS 2008 with Wndows SP2 and Exchange SP3. I have a tape drive and do daily full backups with Backup Exec 12.5. There is approx 250 GB of data which takes 9 hours including verify. This is using the default backup option of "Full - using archive bit (reset archive bit)".
I would like to add a second backup using WIndows Server Backup to a USB drive.
As far as I can tell if I run the Backup Schedule wizard it will schedule an incremental backup every day, I guess it will do a full server backup the very first runtime?
This is great because the USB drive will hold hundreds of backups and will allow me to restore from any point in time over the last several months. Because of this, and the ease of recovery of the entire server by booting off the SBS installation CD and following a few prompts, I would like to make this the primary backup system.
However I guess the Veritas will be resetting the archive bits meaning the WSB will miss some of the files so cannot be used as a complete independant recovery solution.
Any ideas how I can use both softwares and still have each as a full server recovery solution?
If I modify the Veritas General settings to "Full - Copy the files" would that fix things? I guess I would also need to change the Exchange settings to "Copy - Databases & Logs" and SQL to "Full Copy-Only".
Would the WSB truncate the Exchange logs? I hope so as Veritas no longer would.
Can you restore an exchange mailbox store using WSB in this way?
Leaving veritas alone and changing the WSB settings to Ful Backup instead of incremental would seriously reduce the amount of backups I coud store on the USB disk.
Any thoughts on this would be most appreciated.