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Chapter 4. Maintaining Systems and Servi... > Lesson 3: Configuring Backup and Rec... - Pg. 142

Lesson 3: configuring backup and recovery Entire companies can fail as a result of something as simple as bad data backup procedures. When you think about it, it makes sense. Customer contact information, sales and order details, the entire accounting system, and a whole lot more reside on the computers and servers in your company. If you lose this data and don't have good backups, resurrecting that information can be next to impossible. Servers are nothing more than desktop computers with a lot more processing power; they are prone to the same calamities that can befall a typical workstation. Hard drives can fail, a fire can destroy the equipment, or a tornado can rip through the town and throw your server a half mile down the road. It's even possible that an untrustworthy employee could damage the server or your data or that a trustworthy employee could make a simple mistake and accidentally wipe out a bunch of critical documents. Windows Small Business Server includes a backup utility that you can use to back up all of the data that you have stored on your server. As you would expect, you also can recover data from Windows Small Business Server backups. If you're accustomed to managing full Windows Server 2008­based systems and think you know the Windows backup utility inside and out, think again. Although the Windows Small Business Server backup wizard is built on top of the Windows Server backup utility, understand that the Windows Small Business Server backup utility has the capability built in to back up your Windows Small Business Server domain controller information. Another very important difference between the Windows Small Business Server backup utility and the enterprise-focused Windows Server backup is that the Windows Small Business Server backup utility can back up your Windows Small Business Server­based Exchange Server databases through the use of a special application programming interface (API) that is tied to the backup wizard. You cannot back up Exchange Server databases with just the normal Windows Server backup tool. For those Windows Small Business Server customers running SQL Server, you can manually add an API plug-in so that the Windows Small Business Server backup wizard will also protect the SQL Server database. Estimated lesson time: 40 minutes Configure a Server Backup You configure a server backup in two steps: the first step is to run the Windows Small Business Server Configure Server Backup Wizard, in which you can specify the following items: n n n The external storage drives to which you want to back up your data What to back up--all of the data on the server or only certain drives When you want the backup job to run After you have configured a backup, you can easily make changes using the Backup And Server Storage manager in the Windows SBS Console. For example, after you configure the initial backup, you might decide that you want to back up your server on a different schedule 142 CHAPTER 4 Maintaining Systems and Services Availability