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Hi , im running WHS2011 as a virtual machine.

I have no sata ports left for the adding a dedicated backup disk for the server and o dont like adding the server backup to the same physical box.

 

As i have seen it should be possible to backup to an iscsi target on another server, but it seems that the iscsi location wouldnt be recognised in case i need to restore the server from there as zhe boot disc doesnt have the iscsi drivers.

 

Anybody knowing a good solution about howto backup the server in a way that the standart backup restore can be used ?

 

Im aware as well that i can use snapshots for the backup, but would be interested if there is a way to use the built in backup/restore.

 

Regards

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I use a Direct attached storage (or DAS) solution over external SATA (Sans Digital TRMB4) on my WHS 2011 box.

The device comes with a port multiplier card which plugs into any PCI slot so you only need one cable to connect it.

I image there are several USB3 solutions now available too.

Both client and Server backups are maintained on this device and have had no problem with restores simply using a restore disk/thumb drive

An option to consider

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Nice one, but more looking for a solution enabling me to backup and restore from and to a iscsi target, the only missing link is how do I get the restore cd recognising the iscsi target, if there is such a way.

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You could add a eSata card to the host and I believe you would be able to pass thru those drives.

 

What platform are you running the host on?

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Hi, did that already, the host is a supermicro board with 4 slots, one used for a dual nic, one for a sata card to passthrough 2 devices.

It runs on ESXI5 , sata card is not officially supported by ESXi and not recognised as well, but that doesnt ,matter because of passthrough.

I might add another card, but thats only plan B, because the backup will be physically in the same location as the server, Im looking for having the backup automatically on a remote server.

USB would do the trick as well, got some USB ports, but thats too easy ;-)

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Remote is currently in the same house, ideally really remote, but i dont thrust those external backup companies, if im storing sensitive data offsite then only files i enrypted personally with truecryp before copying to the cloud.

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Standup another local server with either redundant drives or one of the drive extender type products and use RoboCopy or AllwaySync to run on a scheduled task to copy within the local network.

 

i have this running as do some others but I have the two boxes located inseparate areas of the house so in case one end caught on fire I could get to the other and hopefully save something.

 

The third measure is a continuous running backup to CrashPlan from the main server that feeds the local COOP server.

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Im currently using robocopy, the only missing 2percent i like to cover that i do need a reinstall if something happens, but looks like that this time i miss 2percent, thanks for the feedback

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