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  1. #1
    whyted
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    Default NT4 Server backup options

    I have recently had to take over the management of a small network running NT4 Server with 7 workstations using Win95/98. The current backup strategy is to back up the 2 files that contain all the data for the business at the end of each day to a Tandberg tape drive using NT backup and take off site. We are unable to backup the operating system and application software adequately so any hard disk crash requires a machine rebuild and reinstall of all software before restoring the data files from tape. Is there a good /economical software package that could backup the entire hard drive and then restore everything in the event of a crash. Is a RAID system possible to mirror the main drive onto another so that drives could just be switched in the event of a crash?

  2. #2
    Chilling_Silence
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    Default Re: NT4 Server backup options

    Well, Symantec Ghost does a great job, from partition to partition, CD-R/W and a myriad of other options, including over a LAN.

    Perhaps it would be a good idea to look into this.

    RAID is another option, however you'd need to buy a special RAID card if your server does not already have one, and this does not safeguard against system errors etc, only HDD failure.

    Ghost would compress the image down, I can do a 10 gig image down to about 2 gigs in about 15 minutes, although results vary.

    It would also mean that the server goes down for 20 minutes, say, at the end of each week to do that.

    Hope this helps you.


    Chilling_Silence

  3. #3
    Lohsing
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    Default Re: NT4 Server backup options

    We've got the same situation. In our network upgrade, we are doing away with the tape drive and looking at the Maxtor One Touch hard drive back up option instead of shelling out for a new tape drive.

    Should do the trick for us.

    Lo.

  4. #4
    Graham L
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    Default Re: NT4 Server backup options

    The problem with a mirror is that if something "evil" creeps into the system it gets into the mirror as well as the main disk. How about a spare disk which has the system software installed on it, sitting in the box, with its interface cable unplugged? Or used as a "passive" mirror --- one you copy files to as needed so that it stays updated, but never read from unless it's needed?

    Backup is a problem with big software. I suppose a DLT tape (with 40-80 GB tapes) is out of your price range. A spare server would be cheaper, probably.

    What about a DVD writer?

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    Chilling_Silence
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    Default Re: NT4 Server backup options

    Why not partition the HDD, and install the OS on the primary partition (Always a good idea to keep Just the OS on the primary partition if possible) and from there ghost that once in a blue moon.

    Then, Have a second partition which can be backed up to DVD, as DVD Writer prices drop substantially, they are becoming a better and better option.

    Each DVD holding 4.7 gigs, it could be worth the look into.

  6. #6
    Merlin
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    Default Re: NT4 Server backup options

    Qualify your requests
    They are vague and inconclusive

    Describe what OS is to be backed up - NT or 9x
    Describe what you mean by a rebuild
    Describe how existing backups are done - and of what - and where
    Describe the hardware used
    Is there a budget?
    When is training to be implemented?

    Or you could go to the MS knowledgebase and search for disaster recovery using NT 4 - they may supply detailed information for free.

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