I look after a network with 2 servers. Both are Dell Poweredge 2850’s. One is running SBS2003 (2 drives RAID 1, 73 GB) looking after mail and print sharing and the other is a DC running W2K3 (6 drives – 2 in RAID 1 34 GB, 43 in RAID 10 136 GB) handling file sharing and backup – using Arcserve v11 and an LTO 100GB tape drive. I am looking to setup a backup server, essentially a server that we can get up and running with a minimum of effort if either of the main servers fail – it may even be a server that we can pick up and take away in an environment type disaster.
I have a Dell Poweredge 700 with 240GB (RAID 0) of drive space. I am looking for suggestions on how best to set this up to be a backup server – automatic failover would be nice but not essential, data a day old would not be a problem (we do daily tape backups) either. Should I set it up as a DC and then do a daily restore of the data? Can I have a “backup” of the exchange part of SBS so I can restore the daily tapes? Should I look at Brightstor High Availability Server? Can I have 2 servers replicating to one box?
Any input would be much appreciated.