I've been asked to look at some quotes for a 'sister company' that is upgrading from SBS2003 to a new server and software - all the quotes have come in suggesting SBS2011, which is perfectly logical.
My query is with the suggested backup. The environment that I look after has Server 2008 (not SBS) and we backup the servers using the built in 'Windows Server Backup' straight to one of 3 USB drives (rotated, taken off site etc). This works perfectly well, and we have successfully recovered from a backup when needed.
However, each of the quotes I've looked at is recommending 'Storage Craft Shadow Protect for SBS', plus a local NAS to backup to, plus multiple USB drives to take the backup off site. This obviously results in quite a bit of extra cost, so I need to know whether it is necessary and/or advantageous.
Q1) Is there any reason that the built in backup solution cannot be used with SBS?
Q2) Assuming the Windows software would work, are there advantages to the Shadow Protect software?
Q3) Can Shadow Protect not backup to 'rotated' USB disks - ie does it need one backup location which doesn't change?