Backup

An inexpensive method of backing up an SMB to the cloud

First let's get some assumptions out of the way.

  • This is geared toward a relatively well connected organization. What well connected means will greatly depend on the size of the organization but for a relatively small company with maybe a few hundred GB of storage that you want to backup online a business class cable connection will probably meet the bandwidth requirements but DSL or T1 will not. The quality (downtime etc.) is actually much less important than the raw amount of data you can upload.
  • I implemented a solution in an environment I previously worked in and it worked well. Watch the caveats I add throughout the document. They are from experience.
  • This is very much a low tech low cost solution.

Hyper-V Backups using built in Windows tools

At work we have decided to backup some of our Hyper-V servers to disk using the built in Windows 2008 tools and then back that up to tape for rotation. You will find instructions for this process in this article.

Enable VSS on the Hyper-V server

Install Windows Server Backup (WSB) feature

start /w ocsetup "WindowsServe Backup"

Edit the Registry

From command line:

reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WindowsServerBackup\ApplicationSupport\{66841CD4-6DED-4F4B-8F17-FD23F8DDC3DE}"

How to Suck at Data Backups

This is presented in the same vein as Lenny Zeltser's How to Suck at Information Security.  If you have not read Lenny's article it is highly recommended.

A few news stories about people who didn't have good backups

I really do not want to ridicule these companies for their pain but the repeated references to last data that I see in the media intrigue me. Therefore I want to start collecting these stories so everyone else can learn from the mistakes made by others.

Hacked flight sim site in catastrophic crash and burn
Avsim.com has the mistaken idea that copying data between servers was the same thing as backing up.

What makes a good backup solution? (4 fo 4)

What makes a good backup solution?
Part 4 of 4
Other topics

What makes a good backup solution? (3 fo 4)

What makes a good backup solution?
Part 3 of 4
Three more topics

If you have not read part one and part two you may want to start there.

In this section we will look at three more topics. First we will look at what kind of disaster we want to protect ourselves from. Then we will look at protecting the backups themselves and finally we will look at backup media.

What makes a good backup solution? (2 fo 4)

What makes a good backup solution?
Part 2 of 4
Backup Types

If you have not read part one you may want to start there.

In this section we will look at the types of backups that are available in a modern environment. First we will start with a review of the 4 types of backups that most traditional backup systems can do. Then we will move on to newer techniques and technologies.

What makes a good backup solution? (1 fo 4)

What makes a good backup solution?
Part 1 of 4
Critical Elements of a Backup Plan

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