O tempora, o mores!
(Cicero, "Strange times, strange customs")
Well, we live in different times and we need to adapt to new circumstances
and adopt new routines.
If you would like to do it by the book (which is usually the best way), you
shoud do some security assesment.
This assesment can usually be represented in a worksheet with following
Risk - Specify what can go wrong, like server down.
Cost (per hour)
Mitigation - How are you going to receive a loss:
a) accept the loss
b) replace the failing part
c) pass the cost to other party (insurance)
Mitigation description - describe what you will do to mitigate the loss-
With this information, management should be able to make decision how to
invest in security/stability of their information system.
Anyway, 7 - 8 GB is not a big deal nowadays. A 1TB external drive costs less
than USD 160. I would get at least five.
You've got many options, here are some
Two stage backup, SAN to tape.
External disks (eSATA)
Network, over dedicated link (with bandwidth of 1GBps minimum).
Invest in a quality software solution (Microsoft Data Protection Manager is
a great product).
I would recommend that you prepare your assesment for the management
(operations an finance) and present it to them. I can guarantee that you
will get attention, respect and credibility.
And a little bit of life experience. Sometimes it is very difficult to get a
little bit of funding (around USD 2000 to 3000), but if you ask for much
(USD 100 000, backed up with a serious project) you may get a better chance
"NVVN" <me@newsgroup> wrote in message
> This post is about backing up system state on DC's but from point of
> view to where to put / keep backup files.
> With Win Svr 2003 DC's I made system state backup and have backup.bkf
> file about 750 MB size. To preserve space on DC servers I was zipping
> this .bkf in 30% from original size and get backup.zip file with 250 MB
> size and delete .bkf. After zipping is done I copy backup-dc1.zip from
> DC1 / Site 1 to DC2 / Site 2 and vice versa backup-dc2.zip from DC2 to
> Now with Win Svr 2008 after making system state backup I have folder
> with about 7 GB system state backup. I've used registry change to allow
> backup onto local disks.
> But, what now ? What to do with 7 GB backup file from point that system
> state backup should be made several times a week ? It is to much timing
> and server load consuming process.
> What to do with such large backup because I don't have to much space and
> place to keep them and also copying 7 GB of backup files trough network
> ? Any recommendation, suggestions ?