What’s the best way to backup a server?

1025 pts.
Backup and Recovery
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Hello all, I hope that I can get some guidance on this issue. What is the best way to backup a server, at regular intervals, I have a utility called Sanpshot that I use for backups, but unfortunately I have not been able to successfully get it to run on a schedule, I am still trying, because the utility is great, and very reliable, but anyways, I need to know what kind of programs are most commonly used for this purpose? Thank you all for your help. CG._

Answer Wiki

Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.

Windows has a built-in backup service. You can use it and schedule the jobs. Here’s a good tutorial for your reference.

Discuss This Question: 6  Replies

There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.
Thanks. We'll let you know when a new response is added.
Send me notifications when members answer or reply to this question.
  • CGarcia26C
    Thanks Labnuke99, I will work with this service, but can you tell from from experience how reliable this is, usually built in services like this are not the best when it comes to recovering lost or corrupt data, is there a better 3rd party solution that you or anyone else would recommend. Thanks again Carlos._
    1,025 pointsBadges:
  • Labnuke99
    The ones I hear most are: BackupExec Arcserve I have used both in my past and both have their quirks but both seem to do the job. You are absolutely correct that recovery is the main issue. That's why you should invest in good gear and media. Your backups will really be only as good as your destination device & media.
    32,960 pointsBadges:
  • CosmoC
    The NTBackup (built into Windows) works very well for files which are not open. Scheduling is easy and uses Windows Scheduled tasks. It will keep a log of the last 10 backup jobs. Setup of tapes is initially a little more time consuming to prepare but otherwise, it's a great (free) solution for a file server. I have seen it "forget" tape names under specific circumstances like power failure's (while writing to tapes). Symantec/Veritas Backup Exec isn't cheap but handles open files very well along with database files (extra $$$ license needed). Well worth the money if you ask me. Backup solutions depend a lot on what you WANT to backup and how much you NEED to backup. Are you looking to backup Exchange or SQL or just Data Files? How long can you afford to be down (restore time) if you have a complete failure? Disk based solutions are great but bandwidth is a concern. Are you required to take/store backup media off-site (Best practice)? There are many options to choose from but the best option (for you) will depend on your budget, the backup window, the size of your backups and how you store the backups.
    280 pointsBadges:
  • Bchapman
    I've found that utilizing an off site backup service works best for us. We used to backup our data onto tape media, and soon out grew the tape drive, we also ran into issues with failed tape drives, failed backups and retention periods of only 10 days. We currently use an off site backup service from EMA, www.ema-data.com who provide us with a retention period of 30 days, and we have the option of keeping incremental backups for up to 999 years. Our backups are scheduled each night, and we don't have to worry about taking tapes off site, bad media or failed backups. As stated by one of the other responders, data recovery is the crucial part; and we've been able to restore single email messages, files, and complete databases, with out any incident. So in short, I'd say look for a good company that can provide you with off site backups.
    20 pointsBadges:
  • Britinga
    I have found that removable external hard drives are a part of the solution. We back up about 100 gig a night; a bank of seven 150 gig hard drives allows me to take the previous night's backup off site. I still back up a few things to tape, but only because it's there, and I hope never to have to rely on it. Accounting data and other essentials are saved to DVD before being overwritten. I would like to add off-site backups to the mix but my budget precludes that for now.
    425 pointsBadges:
  • CGarcia26C
    Thank you all for your great insite on this subject CG._
    1,025 pointsBadges:

Forgot Password

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an e-mail containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

To follow this tag...

There was an error processing your information. Please try again later.

Thanks! We'll email you when relevant content is added and updated.


Share this item with your network: