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Types of Tapes Use in a Server Backup Process

HI ther, may I ask if what are the kinds or types of tapes are being used in a data center or a server. Is it the tapes used in making a back up?

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Magnetic striped tapes

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I inherited a Windows 2000 server. They use the backup program that came with windows 2000. Thursdays tape broke about 3 months ago. Every way that I have tried to replace it has failed. I have done lots...


Have you tried remaking the backup job? its a simple job action

LOoks to me like those files are either missing, OR the tape drive no longer recognizes the tapes

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Backup Best Practices


Here are some of the best practices to take into consideration in any backup & recovery system:
  • Usually perform system state backups of your servers frequently. Each computer on a Windows network has a corresponding computer account in Active Directory. Like a user account, the computer account has an associated password. The difference is that the password is assigned, and periodically changed, by Windows. If you try to restore a system state backup that is too old, the computer account password that is stored in the backup will no longer match the password that is bound to the computer account in Active Directory. As a result, the machine won't be able to participate in the domain. There are workarounds, but it is usually easier to just make frequent system state backups of your servers, & use these backups to recover the servers when needed.
  • Always backup the data, the server's operating system, & the applications installed on the server. Although it is true that, if a server fails and you need to perform a full recovery, you can reinstall the operating system & the applications & then restore any data. However, time is of the essence when trying to recover from a crash. It is much faster to restore everything from backup than it is to manually install an operating system and a set of applications. More important, it is often difficult to manually configure a server so that it matches its previous configuration. Backing up the entire server ensures that its configuration will be exactly as it was before the crash.
  • Periodically test your backups to make sure you are able to use them for recovery when the disaster strikes. Always remember that we perform backups in order to be able to restore from then when we need to. So, we have to make sure our backups are usable.
  • For some applications (for example, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, Lotus Domino Server, ... etc), a file-level backup is insufficient. These applications usually utilize open databases that need a special backup agent to back them up consistently while they are being in-use. Usually make sure that you are using the correct backup agent needed by your application.
  • While you should keep backups off site, consider waiting until the end of the business day to remove the previous night's tapes from the building. This way, if your server fails early during the day, you will not have to wait for hours till you can get the tapes on-site again & start the recovery.
  • Construct your backup architecture in a way that avoids (at least as much as possible) having a single point of failure. If possible, have a backup for your backups, or configure 2 independent backup schedules to run everyday.
  • Do not rely solely on a disk-to-disk backup solution. Although disk-to-disk backup solutions offer many advantages over traditional tape backups, they should not be the only backup solution to rely upon. In such a scenario, the backup server is prone to the same risks as the servers it protects. A hurricane, lightning strike, fire, or flood could wipe out your backup server along with your other servers. For this reason, it is important to dump the contents of your disk based backups to tape on a frequent basis, and then store those tapes in an off-site secure storage.
  • When deciding to replace your current backup technology with a newer one, do not get rid of the old tapes, tape device(s) & backup software. At least, do not do this unless you are sure that your newer tape device(s) support the older tapes, or that you have moved the older backups to newer media supported by the newer tape device(s). This way, when it is required to retrieve data from the old backups, you will be able easily to retrieve the required data. This also could apply to the older backup software if the newer backup application does not support the older tapes or tape device(s).
  • There is no denying that it is important to secure your backups, but it is equally important to consider the consequences of your security measures. If you find yourself having to restore a backup after a major system failure, the last thing you need is an ill-conceived security mechanism standing in the way of the recovery. For example, if you are planning to use hardware-level encryption, do not forget (when time comes to upgrade your backup hardware) to make sure that your new hardware supports the previously used encryption.
  • Always use a long tape rotation scheme, or at least keeping some of your backup tapes as long-term archives.

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The connection to the server has failed. Socket Error:10060. Error No. 0x800CCCOE


Hi If a page does not return within a few minutes, many users perceive that a problem has occurred and stop the process. Therefore, design your server processes to return data within 5 minutes so that users do not have to wait for a long time.

You can usually break down long processes into smaller pieces. Or, the server can return status data to update users about the process. In addition, you can create a long server process with a messages-based or asynchronous approach so that it returns immediately to the client after the job is submitted and notifies users when the long process is finished.

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Formatting and Freshly installing OS on IBM Server


First of all backup all of ur data include your database if its stored on server , any encrypted files be sure that you decrypt it first after backup , determine if the server hardware compatible with new OS , don't forget the raid configurations after all of that boot with your new system CD and let the system format the hard for you i don't prefer to use third party application if i use microsoft windows

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Ntbackup causing server to crash and reboot


Try to monitor the memmory and processor usage in task manager  performance tab.Check you have sufficient memmory sixe in your server.

Oct 17, 2008 | Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2003 for...

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Types of DATA


Backing up data is a simple proposition. You just need to know what the company is about and how the server is structured. Most of the time, if done correctly, there will be a users folder on the server located on anything but the main drive. All user data should be there and should, by default backed up. There will also be another folder, again depending on the company, where all the data would reside. Most of the types of files to be backed up would be email files. If Outlook, these would be their PST files. Any WORD or EXCEL files, extensions DOC (DOCX if Office 2007), and XLS respectively. You also need to know what software they will be using. If you don't know, now's not a good time to learn.

Jul 25, 2008 | Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2003 for...

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Backup


Back UP, its a utility commonly used in all operating system to backing up our personal documents, pictures, videos,outlook mail boxes. It is a very useful tool to prevent the damage of disk drives.
we can backing up our data by using hard drives, cd-dvds, flash drives, tape drives,etc..

To know more about Back Up, use this link...

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/learnmore/bott_03july14.mspx


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Jul 23, 2008 | Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2003 for...

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RAID6 problemme


Raid 6 will tolerate two simulatneous hard disk failures. So the posibility for data loss is very less. But the rebuilting steps defers for different server products like IBM and DELL. But normaly when u change a new hard disk the server will automatically starts the rebuilding process.

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System State not successfully


This is common in the following OS.

• Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86) • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86) • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition

This problem occurs when the following conditions are true: • You back up data from a volume that contains a Microsoft SQL Server database. • The recovery model of the SQL Server database is configured to use an option that is different from Simple.


Submit a request here to get a hotfix from Microsoft ( Its free and no product key will be asked )

http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=6294451

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Active directory


you can use in built ntbackup utility.

In a DC, in the Items to backup window, expand Mycomputer and you can see System state. select that and proceed. It will take the Active Directory data.

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