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Planning A Backup Stategy

January 10, 2007 – 9:16 pm | by Bill

Yesterday in my Windows Server 2003 class, the lecture was on Backing up and Restoring Data. Right now I’m working on a small assignment, which is to plan a backup strategy for a corporation with 5 servers, and 250 employees. Each server has a different configuration, and a different purpose. I’m just starting it, but I like trying to figure this stuff out!
Today it occurred to me that it’s been awhile since I backed up all of my documents, websites, or pictures. I’ve been organizing a lot of my data on my desktop, my document’s folder, and erasing stuff I don’t need. There are three backup strategies that I plan to implement within one month.

All three of the methods below would be after I finish organizing all of my files into the ‘My Documents’ folder.

1) Upload one full backup once a month to my dedicated server, over a secure connection. Also, weekly do a differential backup to the server as well. The server is located in a datacenter in Texas.

2) Use NTI Backup Now! to burn a set of DVDs with full backups one a month.

3) Upload one full backup every week to my local fileserver. Also, every morning around 5am upload an incremental backup or differential (haven’t decided) to my (soon to be) linux server.

I think these methods should pretty much cover any mistakes I make (Oops! Shouldn’t have deleted that!). I’m also thinking about imaging my drive once every two weeks and putting the image on my local server.

What do you do to backup?

  1. 2 Responses to “Planning A Backup Stategy”

  2. By Tyler on Jan 11, 2007 | Reply

    Depends on the backup. For our window servers I don’t know what it is we use but we use 2x 40GB DAT tapes.

    For my MySQL databases for my various web based projects I have cron jobs that dump the database information and then I manually transfer it to a windows machine. One day I’ll get Rsync to work so I don’t have to do anything manually.

  3. By Bill on Jan 11, 2007 | Reply

    Thanks for the comment :)

    In the past when I’ve backed up MySQL databases, I’ve just dumped the information and then ftp it to my desktop machine. I’m planning on automating this in the very near future. :)

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