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Backup Strategy

By yosho ·
Can anyone give me some ideas for a tape data backup strategy for a system that is used 24 hours a day?

We're a small company with a big foxpro database that is in use almost 24 hours a day. I need a way to capture a good backup of the system without affecting it's uptime.

I've thought of little things from taking the server offline to backup and trying some sort of cluster service. But I'm not sure what needs to be done. I dont have $$ to get some fancy system and would like to finda way to do this cheaply.


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Backup of files in use

by timwalsh In reply to Backup Strategy

There is no backup program I know of that will backup files in use (Open files) straight from the box.

You usually need an "enterprise-level" software package like BrighStor ARCserve from CAI or Backup Exec from Veritas to start. Then you need an add-in (Backup Agent for Open Files from CAI, or Open File Option from Veritas) that provides the capability to backup files currently in use.

Unfortunately, neither of these options is close to being inexpensive.

This is really your only option other tha taking the server down to allow an offline backup.

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Open file Backup

by jonas In reply to Backup Strategy

Perhaps you should check out Dantz, they claim to have an open file backup agent for their Multiserver Edt. Their pricing/ licensing is not especially harsh.

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Did you check IDEM file synchronization

by issimok In reply to Backup Strategy

There is an excellent synchronization software: Idem that will backup files to the destination you choose, I think it can work with an external product for opened files.

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