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 ...