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    We are a small school with limited funds and I am new to the staff and have just returned to the IT profession so my knowledge is dated. Our SBS 2003 SP2 server doesnít have a backup device and hasnít been saved since install over a year ago. I need a suggestion on which USB external drives work with NT Backup as this seems to be the best route based on cost. I am also open to other suggestions for a reliable lower cost backup solution.

    Thanks

  • #2
    Re: Inexpensive backup solution for SBS 2003

    Any USB hard drive that is supported by Windows. USB 2 preferable for obvious reasons. NTBackup will just point to a drive letter.

    Need any help scripting ntbackup?

    I'd recommend a gigabit NAS for onsite backup, with 6 USB drives for offsite. Or better yet, 10.

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    You must be a very small school if you have less than 75 users.
    Last edited by gforceindustries; 20th November 2008, 19:43.
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      Re: Inexpensive backup solution for SBS 2003

      I would balance up what would happen if you lost everything on the server against the money you are told you can spend.
      You need a minimum of 2 drives so you have at least some tolerance should one fail. The NAS solution would be good but I'm going to guess it may be too expensive.
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      • #4
        Re: Inexpensive backup solution for SBS 2003

        Actually the price of a decent NAS is competitive with the price of USB. The reason I suggest NAS for the onsite backup is that you should situate it away from the server - in a different building if possible

        And yes, I didn't think of mentioning the internal drives in the server - hopefully you're running on a RAID 5 array at least?
        Gareth Howells

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        • #5
          Re: Inexpensive backup solution for SBS 2003

          Thanks for all the assistance, it has given me a direction to follow. Our school only has about 200 kids and 12 staff so anything we can do to save money is a help in our day to day operation.

          Again Thanks

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          • #6
            Re: Inexpensive backup solution for SBS 2003

            How much data do you need to back up? YOu may want to look into online backups, e.g. http://mozy.com/
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            • #7
              Re: Inexpensive backup solution for SBS 2003



              Contact your local Diocese and see what sort of licencing program they have with Microsoft. In Victoria, OZ, they have a VLK licence where a Windows Server 2003 SP1 R2 can be purchased for AUD$153 plus AUD$12 per CAL. A much better option to an SBS setup in a school.

              Other MS products are also covered in the Licencing Agreement. It is worth looking into.
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