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What to back up?
What to back up?
As an IT professional tasked with designing the backup plan you will ask yourself,
what should I be backing up? This is a great question and here are some things to
get you going. First off, think of what data your company would need to run. This
should include things like e-mail, accounting data, HR data, customer information
such as CRM data, any type of database data or things specific to what your
company does. You really need to know your business and think about what would
happen if one of the above scenarios happened or one of these other common
causes such as accidental file deletion, application errors and corruption, application
patches or upgrades, and of course hardware failure. What data would be needed
to keep the business running? This is called business continuity. There is more to
business continuity than just data such as the rest of the infrastructure systems but
we will cover this briefly later on in the disaster recovery section.
E-mail (Exchange itself and
You need your company's mail and end user e-mail
accounts. Don't just back up the mail be sure to back
up the mail server settings as well.
Domain Controller (AD and
AD user accounts)
This is very important. This server is the meat of
your infrastructure. This has all of your domain
information, your active directory, user accounts,
group policies, DNS, and DHCP. Make sure you
have a good backup of this server or you will be
in trouble. An example would be having a good
Exchange backup but not the Domain Controller.
You would not be able to run Exchange without
CRM (Customer Data)
This is a no brainer you will need your customer
data. Many companies keep this in some sort of
Websites (IIS sites and
If you host any internal websites then you will
need this. IIS is Microsoft's web server that you
use to host your own websites on. SharePoint is a
website but it consists of a front end (IIS) and a SQL
database. Be sure to back this up. We will cover this
in more detail later on.
File Servers (Users data such
as mapped drives and so on)
This is another no brainer. If you have user data on
mapped drives or shares you will want to back this