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Right now I have 5 Windows servers ( a mix of virtualized and physical).
 They all use an agent that take a snap shot every 15 minutes and stores the
snap shot on a dedicated server.  The server uploads the snapshots to a
remote storage service off site.

What I'm using is managed by our IT company, but I don't have much faith in
the product as I'm not able to manage/test it myself.

Next year I'm looking at Acronis backups.  Acronis takes mountable,
encrypted snap shots of your system.  The images can be restored to
dissimilar hardware.  They have also included an offsite backup solution in
their newest version.  A downloadable demo version that has all of the
features (except for the off site storage).  The demo stays active for 2
weeks.  I tested everything, including the encryption and was impressed with
the ease of use and relaibility.  There is a Linux agent as well for this
backup solution.

for my linux server I back up to tapes every night (full backups).  I have a
thumb drive that is used to backup critical system and configuration files,
and have a clonezilla backup of the base image of the server.


On Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 11:47 PM, Richard Pieri <richard.pieri-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at>wrote:

> My two rules of thumb are:
> 1. Use the native backup mechanism for the file system.  Other tools around
> that, like Amanda, are fine, but use the native backup mechanism to ensure
> that you get all of the file system.
> 2. Keep it simple.  Remember, not only do you have to do backups, you also
> have to restore them.  The simpler the system, the simpler that disaster
> recovery will be.
> Currently I'm using a mix of backup systems.  The primary is AFS's native
> backup for home directories.  It's about 300GB of data on the live system.
>  And we have a heavy duty vault for tapes for a number of reasons instead of
> off-site storage.
> The secondary is for servers.  Depending on the nature of the server it's
> either a week's worth of tar files or rsnapshot-based backups.  Both are to
> a large file server with RAID 1.  I'm not sure off-hand how much data this
> is.
> --Rich P.
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