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Backup Solutions

By brmitadmin ·

I took over as CIO of a smallish (100 users) company in November. I work with a consultant who was full time here before I started. I was told that backups were being done in all departments on a regular basis and have now found out that I was given false information.

I need to come up with a backup strategy for the company. It needs to be reliable and automated- other than changing the tape.

We have a Surestore T4i in a Windows NT 4.0 server in the location I want to take care of first. Most of our critical data is stored on this server.

I am happy to tell you I ran a full backup last night using Windows NT backup, but I want to give them a better solution. That said, what do you recommend?

Thank you so much for your help.


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back up sulotion

by windanser In reply to Backup Solutions

we use VERITAS back up exe. it is a nice program and been working very well for us for the past two years. you can download a trial version from thier web site at the problem is the add-on components are expensive.

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O.B.D.R. - The Magic Formula

by ncodrut In reply to Backup Solutions

Recently we bought a HP Dat unit drive, who have a new tehcnology implemented. It is called OBDR (One Button Diaster Recovery). Check HP home page for details. The software shipped with the unit is Yosemite TapeWare, not a very good piece of app, but it knows OBDR implementation. With this, you can back-up entire system structure (partitions, filesystems, OS, apps ...) and restore it with one button click (nice, isn`t it ?).
In addition, we use ARCServe Backup for the database and users files.The backup method is up to you (regarding amount of space needed, backup time, etc.)
So, in case of system crash, we restore system files (OS, apps...) with OBDR technology. It takes about 2 hours (we have WinNT/Oracle Server, plus other tools&stuff). We have a specific tape for backing up this part of system.
Then we restore userfiles (the backup software is already restored :-) thanx to OBDR).
It shouldn`t take more than a half`o`day to restore the entire system. :-)
In addition we use ARCServe Replication for data availability on a secondary server in case that primary fails.

good luck on your backup strategy ... :-)

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