Backup Active Directory

we have planned to upgrade our 'Active Directory' from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 R2 but firstly, we need to be able to back it up...
We currently don't have a backup system and it is urgently required to backup AD before starting Windows upgrade.
We are a very small company with 10 users and now I have been required to buy a backup system that allows us to backup AD daily, and I should be able to restore it quickly.
I've been searching the internet but I only see Tape-based systems so my internal question is always why not disk-based storage? well, whatever...
Can you please recommend some "small Business Solution" that allow us to achive AD backup/restore? I would prefer disk-based solution but if a tape-based has a good reason to be, then points can go for you, definatelly.
Thanks a lot.
José PerezAsked:
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
The backup program that comes with windows is free, backs up to disk, and is AD aware.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I would strongly encourage you to consider hiring a professional consultant to work with you on this.  If you aren't aware or how to backup Active Directory you are not the best choice to upgrade Active Directory.  

If you insist on trying this yourself, you should make a complete backup of the server using the Windows backup program.  Then, ON ANOTHER NETWORK (to ensure you don't damage your own) you should RESTORE it and make sure you understand that procedure as well.  Once you are comfortable that your backups work and that you know what you are doing, then, and only then, should you attempt to upgrade your own server.  Indeed, most if not all professionals would tell your NOT to upgrade your server - MIGRATE it to a new server.  It's more reliable that way and less likely to have problems.  Clean installs are almost always better.
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
As stated Windows Server backup is completely acceptable for backing up active directory. However it has limited restore options (but free is good).

However it is rare to actually do "Authoritative Restores" in an  environment where you have more than 1 DC. If you have multiple DC's in your environment and you have issues with a DC where it is non-responsive you would Seize/transfer the FSMO roles (if it is the FSMO role holder). This also provides redundancy and also allows the user access to the files.

Reading the question i do understand that you only have 10 users but it is highly useful to have 2 DC's. It is also good to take regular backups, in case the NTDS.dit database is corrupt on all DC's which is rare unless you get a virus or something like that.

Even restoring AD objects does not require a backup, and you can restore objects using LDP.exe or Recycle bin in Active Directory.

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No backup system???? Did I misread something here? How can you seriously be using PC's, let alone server's, without backing up?

But as has already been mentioned above, use the built-in backup utility.

A really agree with leew in that you should hire someone who has a remote idea of how to run PC's.
José PerezAuthor Commented:
Hi, thanks all for your answers, sorry If my post was not very clear... but I said, " I would prefer disk-based solution but if a tape-based has a good reason to be, then points can go for you, definatelly".

I was expecting 'devices' recommendation from you... meaning small business hardware hopefully less than USD1000.
Cliff GaliherCommented:
For under a grand?  Buy 10 or so USB2/3 hard drives.  Windows Server Backup will happily back up to most drives smaller than 2TB and you can buy plenty for rotating in and out as desired. If you are looking for something more specialized, perhaps you could expand on your question a bit?  WSB doesn't even support tapes in 2008 or not sure where tapes even got in the conversation. As others have mentioned, this increasingly sounds like an experience issue. An expert advisor can help you with both planning and implementation, which is far more in-depth than can possibly be done in a forum such as EE.

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
2008 R2 doesn't support tape.  You can ONLY used a disk based backup with that.
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