Microsoft Small Business Server 2008 and Improvements to Backup

October 28, 2008

Since our inception at Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans, backup techniques are always a topic of discussion and many contend the new backup application in Microsoft Small Business Server 2008 is an enhancement to the backup application in SBS 2003.  Of primary significance is the inclusion of a preconfigured incremental backup routine that uses two external USB drives for backup media.

For years tapes were the de facto standard for backup media; however improvements in hard drive reliability, capacity, and price promote external hard drives ahead of tape as the preferred backup media. Tape backup is no longer supported by Microsoft in SBS 2008; however third-parties continue to provide support for tape.

The default backup scenario in SBS 2008 incorporates two alternating external USB hard drives which are accessed by unique GUIDs.  The SBS 2008 backup keeps an inventory of the drives and each drive is configured to contain a full backup and an incremental backup.  The incremental backup contains all the changes in the backup data since the full backup.  In the event of a hard disk failure, a restoration of the full backup and the most recent incremental backup is all that is required in the recovery process.

SBS 2008 backup commits each external drive entirely for backup as the total disk is converted to an efficient structure whose sole purpose is to store *.bks files.  The backup application in SBS 2008 is aware of each drive’s GUID and maintains an inventory of each drive’s contents.  Administrative confusion over the substance of backup drives, backup jobs, and backup recoveries is greatly reduced and simplified.

At Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans we are impressed with the positive changes in the backup application included in Microsoft SBS 2008.  We believe a timer provision that controls power to the backup drives would be a valuable added feature for future backup applications.  What do you think?

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

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This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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