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I have the need to backup three servers. 1) Windows domain controller, 2) Webserver, and 3) Outlook Server. My questions is, should I use individual tape drives for each server or is there a better way? I know I am not giving specific info, but I want to know if a better way exists. Any help would be great. Thanks.

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I would get a copy of Veritas Backup Exec http://www.veritas.com, and Install Backup Exec and tape drive on a seperate machine and setup the backup job in backup exec to backup all 3 of the servers (or selections of each server) to the one tape. It does a nice job of doing the backups for you. Also works well if you need to do a restore as well. Its a very nice piece of software and its very reliable. It may appear to cost alot, but then again how much do you want to spend when you need a restore?

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  • AdamHawkes
    I would look at an online solution. I know Lumison provide Back UP+ which you can configure to perform automated backs up to a very reliable and protected server. It is just a matter of installing the software and the prices start from #60 per annum for 250MB. http://www.lumison.net/services/backup/ It may be worth a look. Cheers adam.hawkes@lumison.net
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  • Claytonbaker
    I agree with Slashman. Veritas works like a Champ. As per online Backup Resources I personally have never look into these solutions. However in this day and age tranferring your info across the wire might not be the best alternative. Do you have a budget to work with? The Veritas solution gets pricy but the tape drive side is getting far more reasonable for single slot tape drives. Roughly your looking at around $600.00 for the software and then anywhere from $500.00 to $3000.00 for a tape drive depending on the type of media you want to use. If you are on a budget then there are several other software vendors that offer cheaper software solutions especially if this is for Home Use only. The hardware side is going to maintain the higher of the 2 costs regardless. Good Luck
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  • MMBabs
    All of these are good solutions. However, the Veritas (now owned by Symantic) is very pricey. If you are going to use 1 tape drive for all 3 machines, you will need to purchase the remote agent for at least 2 of the machines and if you are running Exchange server, you will need that agent as well. You would be looking at well over $1000.00 worth of software. Also, since you would be backing up 3 servers, I'll bet you are in the 100 to 200GB (possibly more) range. Sony just released their AIT-4 tape drive ($2,000.00) that can backup around 250GB uncompressed. You could also look into DLT tape drives as well, but these are also expensive drives. The internet backup solution will work as well. This too is very expensive and it's a monthly charge. I just got a price quote yesterday for storing 100GB via this method and it was around $750.00 per month! That's a lot of bones. Check out www.livevault.com for information. The even have an online demo of the software - very nice. Oh, regarding the tape drive backup method - don't forget, you'll also need to buy tapes and these can get costly as well depending on your backup schedule. Finally, I don't know if this will work for you, but you might be able to take advantage of the built-in Windows Backup software. As I recall, you can backup to tape or to a file on the hard drive. You could then burn that file to a CD or DVD for storage. I'm not sure if the built-in Windows Backup can deal with Exchange, I doubt it, because I don't think it can backup open files. Also, don't forget about off-site storage. Sorry for all the choices, but that's what is available to you at this time. Hope this helps in some way. Matt
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