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    SBS 2003 R2 Backup Strategy

    We are about to implement an SBS server on a site and I am thinking to use a cheap USB External Hard Disk as the removable backup device. (Internal to Server will be RAID 1). Has anyone any experience using such devices for SBS and can I use them directly on the server.

    Would a cheap one on a workstation be accessible for user files?

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    Re: SBS 2003 R2 Backup Strategy

    Perhaps someone will chime in who IS a sysadmin, which I'm not... But what I can comment on is the ease of use and low cost of today's external USB drives for backup OR file repositories. I have two external USB drives which I use for both backup and storing of files. It so happens I use TrueImage for imaging backup, but there are other products of course.

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    Re: SBS 2003 R2 Backup Strategy

    It all depends what you mean by "backing up"...!

    If you are intending to do an image backup to the external hard drive, then I can't help you with any direct experience.

    However I use ROBOCOPY to mirror selected directories on the Windows Server 2003 box onto a spare and unused partition on one of the domain-attached PCs.

    Additionally, we use BackupAssist to automate NTBackup of most of the server files (including the System State) to an internal DDS 4 tape drive. (BackupAssist is a truly excellent product, if Australian...!)

    I am considering using BackupAssist to send regular backups to the spare partitions of Yet More PCs on the domain, and encrypting these partitions to prevent access by the dreaded "users". This is vaguely similar to what I understand you want to do, but with a USB-attached hard drive.

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    Re: SBS 2003 R2 Backup Strategy

    Short answer to your direct question: yes, it would be accessible, as long as you shared it out. Follow-on question; why would you have to make it accessible to users? If it's there for server backup, then you should be able to restore your server from it, transparent to the users (Except the dreaded morning you come in and everyone is running around with their hair on fire WHERE ARE MY FILES!??!).

    Backups shouldn't really be there for users to get to, they're there for sysadmins to fix the inevitable.
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