Tape Backup Software

ausman89 used Ask the Experts™
We are looking for a new software solution for a tape backup...

Our server setup:
Server 1:  Server 2008, file storage, accounting software location
Server 2:  Server 2008 R2, Exchange 2010, domain controller
Server 3:  Server 2008 R2, IIS server, Sharepoint Foundation

What are everyone's recommendations for which software to use?  
Are there any good "open source" versions to use?
Does having Exchange, SQL Express, sharepoint, etc. really mean we need the extra modules that some software packages advertise are needed?
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Well, The only constraint that i can see here is that it is not recommended to have exchange on a DC specially if that is the only DC in the enviornment.
You do not require any other module for any software.
Hi Nr1,

To my knowledge there is no proven OS software for the Microsoft database software like Exchange or Sharepoint..
I would recommend to use the Microsoft Data Protection Manager. MS developed it especially for file services and exchange databases. You may backup your MSEX database and file shares and recover individual files or mail boxes nicely. It has competitive pricing compared with other product in this area.
Contact your server vendor for local pricing.
DPM supports disk to disk, disk to disk to tape.
There are many good softwares to backup AD, Exchange, Sharepoint, etc.

What they sell to you is the easy of backup, monitor or restore with their software. For example, I use CA Brigstor software and it nice that you can restore a user account for the backup you made in a DC. There are some other usefull options in these backup software that are really nice. But they almost allways aren't cheap.

I use the backup utility for windows server 2008 and it a good option that is included with your OS. You can made a full backup (create an image to restore the full server) and then create diferential backups for information changed.

Test it in an test enviroment and verify that everything work for you. I use it with an Exchange server and test the recovery and worked very well.


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