Back to Work!

Okay, time to work again. Over the holidays we worked almost exclusively on the servers. All were updated to the latest service packs and patches, the latest anti-virus and back-up clients, and we detected some problems and headed them off in advance.

The only server with real problems afterwards was one of our OS 10.4.8 Xserves, and it required a trouble ticket with Apple to resolve the issue.

Data Protection ManagerOne new idea: D2D2T. Drive to drive to Tape. Basically, we’re considering upgrading our NAS hard drive servers to around 2 terabytes each, and making a central backup drive array for all the Windows Servers. To that array, we’d hook up one of the new (and less expensive) tape library drive systems for taking archive copies to a different location. Some software we’re trying out for this is Microsoft Data Protection Manager 1.0, which is doing very well with our big file servers, but 2.0 later this quarter should also be able to handle our Exchange and SQL servers in terms of backup. We mostly use Veritas now, but there’s “bennies” to the Microsoft solution (such as individual Exchange mailbox recovery, without brick level backups).

Ah, backups. The issue that evolves but never goes away.

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