Originally Posted by Ctrl Alt Del
I was wondering,coming from an 'older' problem,where you were stuck with evaluation and decisions based on some constraints (budget, politics, technology, exposure, experience) and then landing in to a new job,where you've said is a dreamland...how does that makes you feel,what have you learned and ... what you have to share for us !??
Some advise like ... sysadmin to sysadmin and...sysadmin to IT Consultant ... and sysadmin to Company owner(s) !
****, we could talk for hours on the subject....
An enormous amount of wood touching here.... And that's not a euphemism.....
My older problem, from a different company was that of 0 budget. There was a very small It budget. I never knew what the budget was but I know we were knocked back more often than not. We were only a small company, I'd say about 7 employees.
We had no backup strategy. Shortly after I joined the company [about 7 years ago], I instantly realised this. I pushed for something decent, I was given one of these
. Not being too impressed, I did as good a job as I could. I messed around with various opensource backup products [BackupPC etc]. None really suited.
I ended up backing up critical data to the LS-CH2 and also backed up one server to the other and vice versa. Trying to limit the amount of **** that would hit the fan, if it did.
The argument of "How much business would you lose if you lose your data" is not a valid argument for small companies. They can't justify the price of the "backup insurance" and play the numbers game...Hoping it "won't happen to us".
We had one or two small data loss issues but we were able to resolve without major issue.
That is now long behind me. I started with my new company a few months ago. While we don't have enterprise grade backup/DR solution, we have a very good one, based around CA AS.
It's been over 10 to 15 years since I used backup tapes. I never liked them. I didn't trust them for restoring. While I still don't like Tape, I'm comfortable with them at the moment.
- Our backup/restore strategy is [not saying it's right, but it works for us]
- Nightly full tape backup, rotated bi weekly
- One Monthly mid term backup, run on the first business day of every month
- One Monthly tape clean, run on the first work day of every month. Takes 5 to 10 mins
- Realtime data replication of all servers [DC, SQL, Accounts, Exchange, FS] to off site data warehouse
- Also store local SQQ backups [one per DB] on local server for quick access. [Never had to use them]
- Realtime [or close to] monitoring of all servers, local and DR, with monthly reporting.
- Leased line with 4 hour SLA. Backup Fixed Wireless connection with immediate failover [well, 30 to 60 seconds]
- Most low level network kit is duplicated.
- Almost no single point of failure. What single points do exist, we are working to resolve by end of year.
Total Site Loss
- We have a DR location, ready to move in at a minutes notice. For the short term, all servers from Data Warehouse get moved to DR location and get promoted to production servers. Purchase one PC and Printer for each department [7 ish] and be up VERY quickly.
- Phone service provider notified to hunt all calls from landline to a range of company mobile phones
Most other data loss issues can be resolved by restoring from tape. Small hardware issues are handled in house. For in dept hardware issues, we call upon our IT Service Partner.
That's a highly sumarised version of our current plan. Hope it helps.