disaster recovery

Designing a backup plan

Work through these steps when you first engage with a customer over a backup plan.

Backup Tools

Backup software
Simplification is the most important thing when designing a backup system. Look for software that runs across all the operating systems you are backing up and that has the right agents and plug-ins for the applications your customer uses.

Backup goes online and offsite

Remote backup services can offer the speed of disk, the security of tape, and the simplicity of a consumer service. But how do you ensure that remote backup services comply with your clients’ data policies and integrate with their existing IT set-ups?

Backing up: save the data, save the day

All hardware fails – and backup is seen as boring and unreliable. That combination is the perfect opportunity for you to provide a service that provides business continuity and ongoing revenue. But how do you design the right backup system?

Recovering and protecting data on Mac and Linux desktops

Make sure all of your clients’ computers have a backup plan, whatever operating system they run.

Rebuilding a NAS appliance RAID array

Disks fail, and RAID arrays need rebuilding. Be prepared for the worst – and keep your clients’ data safe.

Recovering from mail server disasters

If your best client were to lose their mail server and the emails on it, how crippling would that be? Most businesses both large and small depend on email. If a company relies on email, you need to have the tools and techniques ready to solve their problems for the day disaster strikes.

Staying up while you recover: Double-Take Cloud provides easy server protection

Building a backup and disaster recovery service can be time consuming and costly. You need access to a data centre where you can site racks, servers, storage and have sufficient bandwidth to support the service. Alternatively, you could just take advantage of the cloud and leave your cloud supplier to take care of all that.

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If you're supporting en users who need to transfer files by FTP occasionally, explaining how to use FTP every time can get frustrating. Map an FTP site as a custom network location and they can do it through the familiar Explorer window. If you only have a couple of machines you can choose Tools >Map Network Drive… in Explorer and click the link 'Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures' to open a wizard that creates a network location. Select 'Choose a custom network location', type in the FTP address and fill in the user name and password. You can also create mapped drives and network places on the Environment tab of the user's Active Directory object - but if you have a lot of users to set up, put it in the logon script for the user profile under Active Directory Users and Computers.
If you're running into problems with Group Policy Objects, check this handy summary of the rules at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555991/en-us. read more

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