Best Practice for Server Onsite Backups
Posted on 2013-06-09
Right now I am using a USB 2.0 External 2TB drive but it takes very long to backup the 2TB of data. The size is increasing and about to get new 4TB(AF 512e) external drives.
I have tried backing up from one server to another both running Server 2008 R2 whilst connected to a gigabit switch and it took about 30 hours to backup 2TB, it was going very slow.
What are some preferred methods? Do I put a 4TB(AF 512e) drive inside the server(not on the RAID card) so I can backup from the RAID to an internal SATA HDD?
I have also been using Windows Server Backup that of course is a feature of Server 2008 R2, is that one of the problems with it being so slow? Is it worth it to buy Acronis Backup & Recovery® 11.5 Server for Windows? The server being backed up has a SQL server DB using SQL Log Shipping for redundancy and user data files that are being distributed via DFS between 2 servers.