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IT Sanity Saver #1

(This post is intended for IT professionals.)

I know you’re running backups. But with IT resources being thin (or maybe the only real resource being you), you probably don’t have time to check them regularly.

So, to help you avoid being that IT guy in Alaska, here is IT sanity saver #1: Test your […]

By | December 14th, 2015|Disaster Recovery|

Amazon Glacier Will Be the Future of Online Backups

I was pretty excited when Amazon first announced its new Glacier product. This offering allows archiving of data at $0.01 per GB per month with a 3-5 hour recovery time. Now they have added a feature to automatically archive S3 storage to Glacier based on rules set by admins.  I haven’t used […]

By | November 14th, 2012|Disaster Recovery|

New Offering: Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replica Hosting

Microsoft has added a lot of compelling features to Hyper-V in Server 2012, which makes it very competitive with VMWare’s (industry standard) vSphere product.  Ars Technica provided a good general writeup of the third generation Hyper-V here.  Microsoft MVP Aidan Finn is my favorite technical authority on Hyper-V, and his comparison between 2012 […]

By | November 14th, 2012|Disaster Recovery, Private Cloud|

Automate ASR Backups on Windows 2003 Server

ASR Backups are a cool way to get system state backups of  Windows 2003 server.  They are cooler than regular NTBackup system state backups, because you can do a “bare metal” restore by booting a system with no OS to the installation CD and providing the ASR disk and path to backup files (USB drive, […]

By | June 4th, 2008|Disaster Recovery, Scripting|

Workstation builds – two partitions or one?

I had a lively exchange with another consultant today that included a discussion of imaging client machines. This other fellow subscribed to what I think is an old school philosophy that there should be a separate volume for the system and the data on client machines. I still subscribe to this view in regard […]

By | May 31st, 2008|Disaster Recovery|

Client Backups: Offline Folders vs. Robocopy

Some IT shops don’t even bother with client backups. I’ve had one IT Admin tell me that he sets a policy for all users to save their data on the network. If they neglect to do that, it’s not his fault. This CYA approach only makes sense if you are almost deliberately […]

By | May 22nd, 2008|Disaster Recovery|

Online backups – my fears

Why am I so turned off by online backups?  Well I’m not entirely turned off, I use http://filesanywhere.com to backup my personal workstation. Here are some things that bother me:

  1. special files – The performance of online backups relies on being able to perform incremental backups (and compress these?).  But some special files are […]
By | May 18th, 2008|Disaster Recovery|