Backup Rotation Policy Ideas
I probably consider myself old fashioned when it comes to this type of thing but it has worked fine in the past.
Traditionally my clients have a single SBS 2008, 2011 server, with Backup Exec 2010/2012 Small Business Edition installed.
A certain number of backup drives have been purchased either 5 for a Mon-Fri rotation or 9 for a Mon-Thur with Alternation Fridays (Friday1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Full backups are done each night to the drivers. The clients data size is not extensive and with the speed of USB3.0 the backups get done overnight with no worries.
Drivers are then rotated according to how many disks were purchased, and happy days! This type of system allows the client to restore the entire system from any given disk, which is one mechanism I like.
It got me thinking though that it the above type of approach does waste a lot of disk space and are there any better ways to manage it? Obviously there are Full, Incremental and differential but how does one still keep the ability restore the entire server from one single USB Drive? If a full backup is done on Friday and then Differential Mon-Thur, then it leaves the client in a vulnerable position if something was to happen to the server on Friday as the only backup drive that has a full copy of the server is located in the office.
I have also been thinking about NAS devices and how it would be great to simply backup to that every night. I could run a full backup, with a secondary job that copies the data to USB drive, but then run into the same problem where by some USB Drives don't have all data required to do a full restore.
What are your thoughts on the situation, and how can I better use what I have already purchased better?
Thanks in advance