RE: NAS Backup/Recovery

  • From: "Mulnick, Al" <Al.Mulnick@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'[ExchangeList]'" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2004 09:59:07 -0500

I'm a little confused about what you exactly want.  Can you restate?  
It sounds like you want to use a local NAS in the remote office to act as
your file server.  Sounds like you also want to backup the Exchange server
in the remote office to that NAS device.  
It also sounds like you're considering a backup scheme that replicates the
data on the NAS back to your central office.  In other words, you'd have
local file access that is essentially cached back and HQ.  You are
considering same for the Exchange servers and are looking for feedback on
the idea.  Is that about right?


From: Eric Lanyon [mailto:ELanyon@xxxxxxx] 
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2004 7:59 PM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] NAS Backup/Recovery

On topic, but a bit off topic...


Looking at doing a major network-wide upgrade on the servers.  I have
several remote offices each with a single server with tape backup connected
locally and are connected to the corporate office via frame relay.  I am
going to be replacing those servers to Win2003 and am considering looking at
a NAS solution.  I am concerned about how Exchange will act.  Basically I
want to take the server, back it up to a Storage Server via the WAN at the
corporate office.  So say User A needs a file restored from 5 minutes ago, I
can push the change from the Storage Server to the remote server and voila
all done.  I found a company that will do what I want...I think, NSI
Software (Double-Take program).  I'm still investigating options and
worst-case scenarios...server blows up how do I restore it and Exchange to
make it all happy, etc.  With this program the Storage Server is supposed to
act as the local server so the users won't even notice the outage.  I know
the initial setup would create tons of traffic, but that'd be on the LAN and
it would eliminate the need to having tapes swapped at the remote locations,
etc.  I am sure that product would be nice for files and such, but not sure
about email quite yet.  Might need an add-on or separate program to do that
part....  Has anyone done this or anything similar?  





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