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Wanted: Suggestions for tape backup plan

By doc_holiday ·
I was recently hired on as a systems technician (basically IT do-it-all person). One of the tasks that I was given was to "Overhaul" the tape backup procedure.

Never doing this before I really don't have anything to compare to, therefore, I'm looking for any suggestions on scheduling, pulling, rotation, etc.

Here's what we do right now:
We are a small company: 40 users. We've got 4 servers running NT. We're currently using Seagate Backup exec, managing the tape backups of the 4 servers.

We have a three week rotation of Tuesday-Friday tapes and a 16 week rotation of Monday tapes, we pull every 4th Monday for offsite archive.

How does this sound to those in similar situations and what would anyone suggest to change? Also: Budget limited to current backup software and tapes, so we're probably not going to be buying anything soon. THOUGH...I am going to present ideas of NAS to the IT manager, if they seem efficient and cost-effective.

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Sounds similar

by lakhini In reply to Wanted: Suggestions for t ...

This sounds very similar to what is done here, only on a smaller scale. Our regular backups, Monday to Thursday, go out overnight, and come back the next day, our Friday backup, which runs over the weekend, goes out for 3 weeks, and out month end is stored off site for 5 years. We have just under 400 users, and are also running backup Exec on the backup server. (we do however run separate SQl backups on additional servers)

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