Large Scale System Administration of Windows NT Workshop, 1997
Choosing a Backup Environment
Jody Schivley Leber
Lehman Brothers, Inc.
Abstract Backups are the most important task you can do to
protect the vital data on your computer. The basic hardware, operating
system, and application software can be replaced at a relatively small
price. However, the data and programs you or your co-workers have
generated cannot be reproduced easily. Hours, weeks, months, and years
are embodied in this data. There is no possible price someone can put
on that kind of time and effort. Proper backups are the only way you
can guarantee restoration of your data subsequent to system
Some people may consider it a mundane task. However, at many sites
there are technical issues, political concerns, and integration
challenges that make the assignment of implementing the corporate
backup and recovery system(s) interesting and fun.
This paper provides a summary of the process involved with choosing a
backup environment for Windows NT. The details are fully covered in
the book, Windows NT Backup and Recovery that will be published
by O'Reilly and Associates in the fall of 1997. Due to the scope of
planning and implementing a successful backup system, not all the
information necessary can be provided in this short paper. Where the
information is too great to fit in this paper, you will be referred
to the book.
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