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Data Protection for Virtual Data Centers by Jason Buffington

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Chapter 4. Better Backups

In the first three chapters, we talked about disk-to-disk backups, where tape is still a good solution, and discussed how cloud solutions are changing the game. In this chapter, we'll cover three key topics related to making better backups:

  • Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS), the internal plumbing within the Windows operating system that enables better backups across workloads and applications

  • The built-in backup utilities within Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, which are worth a fresh look

  • The Microsoft backup solution, System Center Data Protection Manager, an example of where the next generation of data protection is headed in the modern Windows datacenter

For our hands-on activities in this chapter, we will perform several ...

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