Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services Backups

I have the following setup..
Windows server 2012, remote desktop services, using user profile disks
x4 remote desktop session host servers
x1 connection broker, licensing server
x1 gateway, web access server

I want to configure weekly backups for the RDS servers due to a small daily backup time window.
All other servers - DC, file server etc are backed up daily.
My question is how often do I need to backup the remote desktop servers? Will weekly backups be OK?
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
It purely depends on the applications and data. There is no specific "always back up RDS weekly" type of rule. But if one of the applications store data locally and that data is updated hourly, weekly backups are a bigger data loss concern. You back up your RDS servers like any server, based on rate of change and risk tolerance.

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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
Backup frequency is really up to the tolerance level you have on losing data.  We have six servers at one client and use Backup Exec for all server backups.

Our backup schedule includes a full backup of each server every week with incremental backups on the other days. We have a very low tolerance for data loss and have never lost data with this schedule in eight years with this client.

If the data your server's accumulate can be easily replicated or is not that important than possibly one Full backup will provide the security you need.

It really depends on how much data is being accumulated and how important it is to you.

Hope this helps!
dee_nzAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your comments...
I understand the backup strategy depends on how much data is saved/changed on the servers on a daily basis. I've made an assumption that everything is in the user profile disks which are stored on the file server which is backed up daily. I didn't setup the environment so will have to investigate some more.

I am curious to know what other IT people do for backups of RDS connection broker, gateway, license server etc. Would you recover from backup or just rebuild the environment?
Cliff GaliherCommented:
I'd restore from backup personally. A lot if moving parts to rebuild that touch other machines. Revoking and issuing new certs, for example. Easy to screw up or made insecure.
dee_nzAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your comments. Have decided to only backup the RDS servers once a week as there is no user data on them.
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