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    Backing up a File-Print Server

    Hello, We have a file-print server running Windows Server 2008 R2 with around 900GB of data. We have been backing it up across the network to a central location using Data Protector(HP) but it is taking long to finish(days). Any suggestions on improving the speed or alternative back up software that can do it faster.

    Ps. Our network speed is fast.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by General View Post
    Hello, We have a file-print server running Windows Server 2008 R2 with around 900GB of data. We have been backing it up across the network to a central location using Data Protector(HP) but it is taking long to finish(days). Any suggestions on improving the speed or alternative back up software that can do it faster.

    Ps. Our network speed is fast.

    Thanks
    What is the backup being saved onto? Tape? NAS? The Cloud?

    How long is it actually taking?

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    It is being saved to a SAN. It usually takes 2 days.

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    How fast is the network speed? What is the slowest part of the network connection?

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    Quote Originally Posted by strawberry View Post
    How fast is the network speed? What is the slowest part of the network connection?

    100mbps

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    Are you doing incremental or full backups each time?

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    full backups once a week

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3s-gtech View Post
    Are you doing incremental or full backups each time?

    full backups

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    What is the backup being saved onto? Tape? NAS? The Cloud?

    How long is it actually taking?
    SAN 2days

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    Quote Originally Posted by General View Post
    100mbps
    100mbps isn't all that fast, get it upto a gig connection or even team the connection. It'll make all the difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strawberry View Post
    100mbps isn't all that fast, get it upto a gig connection or even team the connection. It'll make all the difference.
    I need other solutions apart from increasing the connection. At the monent, I can not increase the connection speed

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    Quote Originally Posted by General View Post
    Any suggestions on improving the speed or alternative back up software that can do it faster.
    This is a bunch of file shares you need backed up? Rsync or a similar tool (xcopy, robocopy, etc) should be all you need - you just need to copy changed files every day (or every half day, or hour, or whatever) via a periodic task / cron job.

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    A 900GB full backup will take an age on most setups. If you implement something which can just copy across changed files (just as dhicks suggests) you can reduce your backup time massively. We have far less data than that, but by running backups which just update changes, they finish pretty quickly. They're also on 1Gbps, but it doesn't make that much difference on a small NAS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strawberry View Post
    100mbps isn't all that fast, get it upto a gig connection or even team the connection. It'll make all the difference.
    Teaming won't make any difference on one to One transfers. If there were 2 servers to back up it would indeed double the bandwidth.


    +1 for changing your backup configuration. "full backups" in the traditional sense are not really suitable for big file servers
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    could you "split" the backup for instance i have a source drive on my servers that basically contains copies of software cds dosent change often so i only back it up infrequently esp as it would only be annoying to lose it

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