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By shmaltz ·
We currently have 4 server's, running NT 4.0 and 2k. Supporting 75 users. Using Veritas Backup Exec 8.5 for backup with the IDR (Intelligent Disaster Recovery) option.
Now my boss is very nervous about a disaster that might happen to our site (not computers, but site including computers), like a fire. He asked me to look for option's for off site backup. We have about 14GB of data that has to be backed up every night. I don't think online backup is an option for me (we do have T1).
Does any one know of any other option exept for online backup?

Here is what I was looking at:
1. Have a computer in a different building with a dedicated high speed connection that runs a backup in addtion to the one on site.
2. Have someone take the backup tapes off site every day instead of just once a week (this dosn't solve the hardware problem).

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by barneyrubble318 In reply to Offsite backup.

I have always used a 3rd party data storage company to courier tapes off site. They are then responsible, by contract, for the tapes. The tape operators eject tapes and place them in the provided fireproof, locked, cases. The cases are then givento the security guard or secretary at the door for the courier to pick up on schedule. The storage company can be contacted when the tapes are needed.

Plan ahead. How often do you restore from tape? You may want to make 2 tapes every night, one to ship off site. Or only send the tape off site after it is a day old, etc.

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by cavedweller In reply to Offsite backup.

In addition to the first response, if you are concerned about having a machine available to read your tapes after a disaster, you need to setup a machine and store it offsite. I would setup a BDC and then ship it offsite too. This way you can bring it up, promote it to pdc and recover your data from tape. Any surviving workstations should already be set up to work with it. You probably need to connect it to the network periodically to sync it's domain data and keep it fairly current.

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by Raffi_ In reply to Offsite backup.

Do not let the volume of data stop you from doing an off-site backup. 14GB is not really that much. Besides, with an incremental off-site only the first backup is that large. Everything else is a LOT smaller.

The beauty of an off-site service is that you can TEST your recovery procedures with ease. Usually through a browser but also via CD-ROM which most services provide. Testing is a little harder in the scenario you provided.

There are services out there that will even provide you with a cold-swap box in the event of disaster - with your data pre-loaded.

Do not stop doing your own tape backup though. Think of it as wearing a belt AND suspenders. Can't be too careful where the existence of the company at stake.

Regards
Raffi_

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