Server backup solution suggestions please
Posted on 2012-09-05
Our site has 3 servers.
1st Server - Server 2003, runs Firebird driven database, shared printers, and has Exchange 2003 which will be removed at some stage.
2nd Server - Server 2008, File server (500GB approx), multiple applications, Terminal server. GC.
3rd Server - Server 2008, Exchange 2010. Just runs Exchange no file sharing.
Currently all we are doing is running Windows Backup on each box to external hard drives which get rotated daily and taken offsite. Server2 also has an offsite backup of all it's shared files to a datacentre which gets updated most nights (when the internet connection doesn't drop out)
The boss wants a review.
I have considered NAS in a detached building which would backup via the network each night, but I still like the simplicity of rotated external drives from each server. But im aware of the limitations of Windows backup. I would love the peace of mind a hardcore backup solution that would get an entire system image of each box, as well as more advanced Exchange restore tools. But everything I have investigated is horribly expensive. Anyone have a more economical solution?