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ShadowProtect backup questions - best practices?

Posted on 2014-03-18
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I don't think there's a right or wrong answer on these, but want to hear what more experienced people are doing:

Using shadowprotect to backup desktops in an SBS 2011 domain.  Most all things are stored on the server.  This is for getting the machine back up and running quickly if infected with malware, hard drive fails, etc. No need to reinstall OS, apps, configuration of everything, etc.

So realistically, in a pinch, restoring to a day or 2 ago won't likely be a problem.

so

a) how often would you back up each desktop?  I keep thinking there may be some file that they just saved locally, or the word saved backup file is stored locally, just my luck the machine will crash / get malware when they are working on a big new document.

b) we're doing continuous incrementals rather than weekly or monthly.  We are doing continuous incrementals for the server, so we have image manager managing those incrementals.  thoughts?  Overall less wear and tear - not needing to do a full backup every so often.  but restore might take longer because of the longer chain of increments?  But I've not seen much of any delay.

c) would you put all the backups for all the machines  all in the same folder on the NAS?  Messier looking, but when you add another machine, you don't have to make another folder - \\backupnas\backups\another machine folder?

d) do you bother to stagger the start time of the backup so all 10 - 15 machiens aren't sending loads of data across the LAN?  15 mionutes apart?
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A) well you need to look at your RTO/RPO options
B) differentials forever is good, can you create Synthetic Fulls as well - will shorten restore times
C) as long as the backup are easily identifiable it doesn't matter which way you go
D) it's probably a good idea
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