Best Server Backup Strategies for Server and Network Backup

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Backing up server content is one of main goals of overall backup activity, as the server-stored information is often the most vital part of all data types stored in IT infrastructures of all sorts.

The best way to develop a correct strategy in every particular case without much effort is an implementation of a specialized software for server backup, restoration and synchronization.


Let us explain how different server backup solutions provided by Handy Backup may help you to complete this task.

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Common Principles and the Most Basic Logic of Backup

Before you create any backup scheme, let you answer on some simple questions:

  • What I want to keep during the server backup?
  • How many computers (servers or server-connected workstations) I need to backup in my particular network infrastructure?
  • How much data I can store on my backup data-storage device? (Data regularly backed up have a tendency to devour more and more terabytes…)
  • How frequently I must backup my specific data to feel secure?
  • What is my restoration policy?

Checking up these answers may be a key to the most successful server backup strategy in your practice, and you may be honored as Napoleon of Backup or Data-Keeping Moltke. Let us help you to close this glorious day, giving you some practical advices how to use different Handy Backup editions in a most effective ways to realize your strategic plans.

If You Keep Your Data on a Single Server

The most common type of server is a single server unit keeping all the data processed and stored by server applications, e.g. Databases, MS Exchange or Outlook. This situation is typical for some advanced home users and most small businesses.

To cope with one server system, the practical way is using a copy of Handy Backup Small Server edition. This solution is undemanding, stable and very easy to learn, as it uses the solid classic interface (GUI) to deal with user’s needs. All the common data plug-ins are pre-included in this edition and can work just out-of-the-box.

Handy Backup Small Server

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Handy Backup Small Server

Databases and files of all types can be easily backed up with Small Server edition. Windows 8/7/Vista/XP and 2012/2008/2003 Server compatible. Try it for 30 days for free!

So all you need to use Small Server edition are definitions which data you want to keep, where to store your backup data, and how frequently you plan to safeguard new portions of information from your server. An extra bonus is the keeping of backup data in unchanged common file format, allowing the restoration of data just by copying it from the backup archive.

If You Keep Files on Server and Network-Connected Workstations

This is another common type of network organization: one server and multiple workstations, running under Windows or Linux. Backup the different files and folders collected from workstations is a main strategic goal in such cause.

Handy Backup Network edition suggests a simple solution. All server backup operations run on a main server, as all the control over workstation backup and restoration of data. These actions are managed through the single GUI called the Management Panel and installed on a computer further serving as a management unit for the network backup.

Handy Backup Network

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Handy Backup Network

All the files including Outlook data, user files and folders with any types of documents, disk images, can be backed up via the network. For Windows 8/7/Vista/XP, 2012/2008/2003 Server.

Workstation units are connected with the main module through local services called Network Agents. These small programs are not have any local user interface; all activity performed on workstations is planned and controlled via central Management Panel. Native Network Agents for Windows and Linux workstations are available.

If You Keep Files and Databases on Multiple Servers and Workstations

The last type of server backup organization is a situation when data contains on multiple computers playing different roles in an overall architecture. Dealing with this configuration in a matter of server backup strategy is pretty simple, too. Handy Backup Server Network can back up a server as a workstation using the slightly different version of the Network Agent.

In this method, a single computer is assigned to be the backup server containing the Management Panel. Meantime, all other computers in an infrastructure, both servers and workstations, are running as clients to the main unit, performing server backup as well as workstation data backup.

Handy Backup Server Network

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Handy Backup Server Network

Sutable for mixed infrastructures. The solution is Windows 8/7/Vista/XP and 2012/2008/2003 Server compatible. Network Agents for Windows and Linux workstations are available.

So this type of server backup is a perfect network backup solution for mixed infrastructures. It can allow backing up files, folders, databases, images, Outlook and Exchange server backup on both servers and workstations in the network.

Common Aspects of Server and Network Backup Strategies

Regardless of type of your particular infrastructure, some common principles of server backup are staying untouched. Some of these principles are described above as answers to common questions. Other matters are appearing during the regular implementation of chosen server backup strategy.

  • Always check somehow after running a backup task that the task is successfully accomplished and all your data are saved correctly; else all the activity may be utterly useless!
  • Do not forget about providing a suitable free space on your backup media when scheduling and planning any data-keeping operations. If your media runs out of data capacity just during the recording – consequences may be slightly disappointing… or completely fatal!
  • Think twice or thrice when you plan to restore data, as restoration may accidentally destroy all your current data, replacing it with restored information.

Using Handy Backup solutions you may easily build up any strategy appealing to you and satisfying all your needs. If you want to learn more, just explore our server solutions pages and manual.

List of Supported Databases

Our software has an advanced modular architecture in which access to data is provided by plug-ins of different types. There are five database-specific plug-ins and one general plug-in suitable for all ODBC-compatible databases.

Database backup plug-ins

Database backup plug-ins: MySQL, MS SQL, Postgre SQL, Oracle, IBM DB2, Lotus Notes and ODBC

See also

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3 comments

  • Dan_Ti | 2012-10-24 06:57:46

    Great that Network supports Windows 2008.

  • HB_Moderator | 2012-11-12 05:55:39

    Right, every Handy Backup version is compatible with Windows 8.В  В  В 

  • raysimmons | 2012-10-24 06:49:06

    I didn`t see how many workstations for the prog.

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