SBS backup summary [Advanced SBS 2003 Best Practices book excerpt]

Good day folks – I am the author for the above title and I like to hold virtual book readings! BTW  – my SBS 2008 book is here.

 Backup Summary

I’m of the opinion that high-speed external hard drives are the backup medium of choice for SMB applications, in part because they’re less expensive than the combined cost of a tape drive and media. Tape is still an excellent choice too, but I’m from a generation that perceives tape as an archaic medium, despite its clear merits. And, while optical media has its place in the hierarchy of backup


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devices, it’s probably a better secondary solution, with good interoperability across a wider range of drives.

The backup strategy that I encourage involves two external drives, which are physically rotated on a nightly basis. Attached to the USB 2.0 port on your SBS machine, each drive is conveniently swapped each day before you leave the office. The backup application, scheduled to update overnight, brings the replacement drive up to date with the day’s work. If a disaster were to strike, you’d essentially lose one day, but would still have the previous day’s backup set for a recent restoration. There’s no switching of media, keeping track of multiple cartridges, or investing in extraneous hardware.

For a more advanced discussion of backup,see Chapter 15 later in this book.




Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation (

MBA, MCSE, CNE, CLSE, CNP, MCP, MCT, SBSC (Microsoft Small Business Specialist)

PS – my Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) book is now here!




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