advice on server configuration and backup


i ned to built a solution for a customer with the follwoing requirements and was hoping someone could point me in the right direction...

it is a 30 user site.

their main application (whxcih will be on a dedicated server is a SQL 2008 based application

i need to a have full hardware failover (manual is does not need to be automatic...but i would need the other "redundant" server up inside an hour.

i will also need to be take 15 minutes backups of the SQL database to protect against any potential corruption...

the only server running on the site will be a windows 2008 DC with file and print....

i am thinking of using 2 physical servers with hyper v / vmware and using having 2 VM's on one and using something like doubletake to replicate these "live" to the second server.

i do not have a budget for a SAN so i will using storage in the servers ( i only need about 300 GB)

i would then need some thing to take 15 minute backups of the sql database to protect againts corruption..the backup and recovery procedure needs to be SIMPLE!

is there a better way?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Two VMware ESXi Servers, and Veeam Backup and Replication v6
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I would suggest you want a BDR device.  I'd say you should check out HeroWare - I have a device at one client and am looking to implement at a second in the near future.  The HeroWare BDR leverages DoubleTake and their pricing isn't too steep.  

Just keep in mind, you MUST NOT use OEM licenses of Windows (you need Retail or Volume in order to virtualize the servers and transfer the licenses, REGARDLESS of which solution you use.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Veeam Backup and Replication

Probbaly the best backup software used by most VMware Admins! (for DR!) and replicate every 15 minutes.

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The Heroware BDR would be nearly real-time replication, depending on network speed, with the ability to go back to points in time (intervals) pre defined by the user.
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