What backup software do you recommend for Win 2000

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I have 3 Win 2000 servers and approx. 55 Win 2000 Pro machines that I need some type of disaster recovery on. I was wondering what is most used for Win 2000 by the people on this forum. I have done some successful experimenting with PowerQuest V2i Protector (now owned by Symantec)for desktops (for making HD images) but I haven't tried the server version, it is fairly expensive. Haven't had much experience with tape systems. Can you really do satisfactory disaster recovery when you don't have an image??

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I would suggest looking at Backup Exec for Windows Servers by Veritas.

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  • Dec124
    V2i protectore for both Desktop and Servers works great. I would also consider Backup-Exec or Netbackup from Veritas - both really good backup software.
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  • BlueKnight
    We use IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) to backup our data center and all remote servers (even some desktops). Our setup backs everything up to tape on our mainframe, but there is a version for all popular platforms including your Windows 2000 servers. You can restore a single file, directory or an entire drive depending on what was lost. See: http://www-306.ibm.com/software/tivoli/products/storage-mgr/
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  • Ahardyb5
    Try GHOSTing for full bkp image(not incremental). I believe it come with Win2K.
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  • Ahardyb5
    No,not part of Win2K--separate prod/install; GHOST v8.0 from Symantec Corp.
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  • Jimbolaiya
    Veritas Backup Exec 9.x is a great way to go... especially if you have most of your data located on the servers. Load Backup Exec on one of the servers and install backup agents on the other servers, and then get yourself something like a DLT tape drive. With 3 servers and 55 workstations, you'll probably need an autoloader which can hold up to 8 tapes. DLT is a popular tape configuration which means you shouldn't have trouble getting a replacement drive if yours ever goes bad and you need to recover data. I typically do a full backup on Monday (easy to remember) and then incrementals for the rest of the week. Then I put that tape set away and put in a new set for the next week. If you want more info on tape rotations, please email me. I can make some suggestions. Dell makes a nice DLT autoloader... As for workstations, if you have then configured to save documents to the server and the only thing on them is the software that they use, then just create a ghost image of one of the machines and that makes restoration easy if one goes down. This is even easier if all 55 workstations are the same make and model. If they are XP machines, then make and model don't matter so much. You can run XP repair from the XP CD and it will adjust XP to work with whatever the PC's configuration is. Hope this helps.
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    Veritas Backup Exec 9.x is a great way to go... especially if you have most of your data located on the servers. Load Backup Exec on one of the servers and install backup agents on the other servers, and then get yourself something like a DLT tape drive. With 3 servers and 55 workstations, you'll probably need an autoloader which can hold up to 8 tapes. DLT is a popular tape configuration which means you shouldn't have trouble getting a replacement drive if yours ever goes bad and you need to recover data. I typically do a full backup on Monday (easy to remember) and then incrementals for the rest of the week. Then I put that tape set away and put in a new set for the next week. If you want more info on tape rotations, please email me. I can make some suggestions. Dell makes a nice DLT autoloader... As for workstations, if you have then configured to save documents to the server and the only thing on them is the software that they use, then just create a ghost image of one of the machines and that makes restoration easy if one goes down. This is even easier if all 55 workstations are the same make and model. If they are XP machines, then make and model don't matter so much. You can run XP repair from the XP CD and it will adjust XP to work with whatever the PC's configuration is. Hope this helps.
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