Up Your Servers and PC’s
Imagine if there was a fire that wiped out your entire office and
the next day you walked up to the smoldering embers.
What would you do? If
there was no recent backup tape (tested and known to be good) offsite
or in a true fireproof safe, the answer most likely is go out
of business. Even if a
physical disaster doesn’t occur, hard drives are mechanical devices
that can and will fail. It
is only a matter of time. You
can never be too rich, too thin, or have too many backup tapes!
Most businesses have networks.
All user-created data should be stored on the network and
not on the local PC. You
must tell your users to do this, because 95% of the time, local hard
drives are not backed up regularly whereas network servers generally are
backed up frequently. If an
application requires that information be stored locally, then that hard
drive must be backed up regularly
and Microsoft have their own backup programs.
Computer Associates makes a product called ArcServeIT that is
compatible with NetWare and Windows NT and is probably the most popular
backup software on the market.
Systems recommends a “Grandfather-Father-Son” tape rotation where
there are daily, weekly, and monthly tapes that are rotated so that it
is possible to go back in time to get a folder or file from several
months ago. This is
important because sometimes data gets corrupted and nobody finds out
because it is accessed infrequently.
Regular, scheduled backups of network servers are a critical
business process for any organization.
If you are unsure if your network and data are protected, call
Beachwood Systems immediately.