Regarding RAID's NAS boxes - I don't trust these. Fine if a disc dies, but if the NAS raid controller goes, your data tends to be lost anyhow.
That really depends how big the school is or where an event occured, in the example of fire or flood.
There are many brands/choices of NAS out there. I suppose an alternative would be another Windows Server box at the other end of school.
Regarding data recovery, we use powershell to setup accounts automatically from a database sync'd with SIMS, so to do a full restore, we would just need to install 2k8 & powershell, etc, setup a simple framework of folders and run a powershell script to create user folders from the database and restore data back from the HDD.
When I started recently, the network drives were full. They're only 100 GB each, and RM wanted to charge out the arse for about £450 to double the size, which is ridiculous. Since I'm an apprentice, instead of asking for more money to experiment with a NAS, I thought the quickest and cheapest solution would be to order two 1TB WD Passports, and back up each drive on each.
It works for now, but I do eventually want to try a NAS. Though the budget seems to need to be more focused on updating the outdated classroom equipment we have right now.
Local LTO tape drive backups and backups to openfiler NAS boxes at other side of school. Tapes are kept in seperate part of school to nas boxes
We do disk-to-disk overnight and then disk-to-tape during the day, with EOW media stored in a safe in a different building. One thing I seldom read about during such discussions is this: if your server room burns down then you've probably got bigger problems than your hardware, such as all your cabling coming into your comms cab. I suspect that would be the longest part of any recovery job.
I'm quite lucky from a DR point of view as we have 3 sites, 2 down the road from each other, the 3rd on another street. There are very few disasters likely to affect all 3 sites...even a plane crash would struggle (though a big flood might not)
Anyway I back up to a NAS at the main site, which is at the other end of the building to the server room. Then I duplicate to a USB HD and take to the 3rd site. And backup straight to USB on the second site and again take to 3rd site. 3rd site is backed up to 1st site.
Will be adding another NAS in the summer to the second site so they can back up to each other and along with the USB HD's essentially have a system where everything is backed up everywhere.
Curriculum and admin are backed up to the Cloud nightly via the LEA -so the covers all the DPA questions. Assuming that the LEA can be trusted! 30 days instant retrevial rest on tape for request.
MIS backup taken weekly and kept on a PC on the other side of the school. Critical documents are the same.
About once a term I back a MIS and critical backup stick it in a TrueCrypt container and whack it on our partner schools server and vice versa. Neither can access the others as the passwords are kept on site at the respective schools. As the schools are on the other side of the city that provides a little bit of extra security.
I have a large site with our music block as a separate building so backup to disk in there. I use a piece of software called Veeam which I CAN NOT RECOMMEND ENOUGH! so fast with amazing compression and quick restores!.
Is VEEAM just for virtualised servers?
Didnt see anything on the website for normal servers
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