Poor Man's Server Replication
Posted on 2011-03-21
A small business is running Microsoft Small Business Server 2008.
The owner of the company wants a way to replicate - bit for bit - the entire contents of the server to a remote location (his home, possibly).
Seems like backing up an entire server across the Internet is not unheard of. Services like Carbonite and Mozy essentially do it! However, instead of paying several hundred dollars per month to replicate to one of these services, I'd like to install a second computer at the owner's house.
Assuming that remote server is always on, there's no reason why throughout the day (or at scheduled times?), the Small Business Server couldn't somehow replicate to this remote server.
Are there any do-it-yourself or open source software applications that can do this? I'll even consider commercial software as long as it is within a small business budget and doesn't require any fancy hardware (like a SAN).
(Reminder - SBS includes Exchange Server and SQL Server - so I need to be able to replicate data across the Internet in real time, without corrupting the SBS) I would only expect to replicate one way (i.e. from the SBS to the backups server)
The backup server will NEVER be used unless the SBS goes down.
In fact, the backup 'server' can just be a workstation with lots of hard drive space.
I'm looking for a Business Continuity plan for small business.