|Wanderer I agree that a complete offsite setup is a bit much. |
We do a full backup of NAS daily to two separate external hard drives rotating them daily and using the NAS's built in backup routine. Each evening before we close the boss swaps them and takes the drive with the previous night backup home with him though sometimes he forgets.
Oh and the our existing Windows 2000 PDC is not raided. I actually posed that question in another post as I wanted to know the easiest steps involved to add a hardware raid controller for RAID1 to it because I also felt we needed more redundancy for it. Like our NAS it does get backed up to a rotating pair of external hard drives as well which boss also takes home each night.
We don't have any replacement hardware for the equipment which I agree would make sense to have. We don't have a second DC either. I plan on implementing an online backup routine to at give us some additional protection for the company files on the NAS.
BTW, in addition to its duties as a domain controller our DC also handles DNS for the network as well as of course group policies. Thats basically it. Our Sonicwall handles the antivirus for the network, DHCP and soon to be implemented VPN and also web access control and reporting.
We recently added another XP Pro machine acting as a server for some proprietary inventory software. It is configured with RAID1. It does not have its own backup. Backups are handled thru the network to the backup running on the PDC but I want to add its own external hard drive rotation backup routine directly like the DC and NAS have.
We have been running POP email accounts on our workstations for those that we give email accounts to but I don't like that idea because efficient backup of users PST files are complicated to implement.I have just started implementing a hosted exchange solution via Microsoft Online Services. I felt it was easier to manage then an inhouse exchange server. We have just our first user to it while we test it and hope to have everyone moved over by months end.