Reviewing GFI Backup 2010

  A good backup solution and strategy in our organization is a key factor when we want to talk about continuity in our business. Unfortunately not all companies discuss this issue as an important matter. Just to avoid the responsibility and the cost, I’ve seen organizations which decided not to implement a solution for backing up users’ data or just […]

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Windows Server 2008: Creating and Maintaining System State Backups on Your Domain Controller

I was very excited when I started to play around with the first beta versions of Windows Server 2008 and experiment with the latest security improvements. At first, I wanted to start with one of the more basics and important things on this new server: Active Directory. Several improvements were made on security matters that we can find it related to Active Directory: Read-Only DCs, more group policies, auditing enhancements, etc. After installing a small lab to check all these features, I finally arrive to another important Active Directory matter: Backing up and Restoring Data from a Domain Controller. I was pretty disappointed at first when I realized that there was no easy way to backup a system state from a Domain Controller. Even more disappointed when I couldn’t find out the way to schedule a system state backup! Well on this post I want to review the way to simply schedule a system state backup on a Domain Controller and maintain those backups by removing the old ones from the backup catalog. Requirements a. A secondary hard drive on the domain controller. It cannot be a network drive.The only storage point possible for backing up your server is using a secondary hard drive that can only be attached locally. b. Having the Windows Server Backup feature installed. The first thing that you must know to start backing up data from Windows Server 2008 is that the backup tool is […]

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