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    Re: Off-site backup

    Don't forget - on occasion those "fire rated backup safes" can heat up and melt the plastic!

    We used IBM's TSM Express - it copies down onto its own harddrive, and then onto tape from there. Our tapes are stored at a locker at a self storage place.


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    Re: Off-site backup

    Just another warning aganist back up safes that someone in the fire service pointed out to me a few years ago.

    Even if the safe manages to resist the fire, and not melt its contents, if it is a serious fire then the chances of being allowed back onto the site to retrieve the data are slim.

    We currently use the "tapes in the boot of the car" method - although they do usually make it out of the car at the other end and into my underwear drawer!!

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    Re: Off-site backup

    Your best bet is to always keep the tapes physically seperate from the servers. Either off site or at the other end of the campus. The chances of both the servers and the tapes being destroyed are then minimised.

    If I had a pound for the number of times I see tapes in a server room....

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    Re: Off-site backup

    A simple backup regime on a daily basis ...

    In the morning the lucky techie visits the server room ... does a cursory check to make sure that no lights are flashing that shouldn't be and to alarms are going off ... and then check that the aircon is actually on.

    He/she/it (to be referred to as 'he' from now on as I don't care too much for going over the top with political correctness) goes to the relavent boxes that have been backing up over night. He removes the tapes and carefuly puts the tapes in for the backup tonight so that he will not forget to do it later in the mad rush to pack up and go home (late due to another last minute projector needing set up for some after-hours thing!).

    This tape is put in his bag and his is the only bag that *must* be collected by whoever is in the office in the event of a fire. Once the bag is at home he removes the tape and places it carefaully with the previous 5 tapes ... the 6th tape he then brings back into school the following day to add back into the pool of tapes.

    So ... we have ... 1 week of tapes at home (unless one is specifically requested for a restore) and 3 weeks in schools ... also in school is the one from the previous night ... this is done on 3 servers that do backups.

    Weekly one of the backups does a system state.
    The next night we have the OS
    The following night the web server

    and so on ... so that low changing servers are done weekly.

    Every 4 weeks a tape is taken out of the cycle instead of being reused ... and this is kept for 1 year. Each year all data is backed up and taken off-site ... and kept for 7 years.

    If you change your backup solution then the existing archive tapes from the year end are brought in, restored to a box and backed up again onto the new solution, keeing the old tape and tape drive (including drivers on CD and backup software).

    If possible pay for an exams style cupboard at another school and keep these backups there ...

    And don't forget to doucument whatever you do ... and have paper and electronic copies ...

    The above is for a full backup each night, but can be adjusted to cater for incremental and differential by just including the extra tapes.

    Backing up to disk and then to tape can mean that you don't have to bring tapes back in at all.

    When documenting whatever you do keep in mind your disaster recovery policy. Ensure that there are clear guidelines as to how to get your system back up and running if you were starting from scratch. Not only is this good practice but can also be used again and again at other places of work (or shared in the wiki!)

    As with many things ... there are areas of good practice with this ... but it will vary from school to school ... and will end up being like profiles ... there will be small differences even in the major differences!

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