Chapter 4

Managing Backups

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Understanding the need for backups

check Working with tape drives and other backup media

check Understanding the different types of backups

check Mastering tape rotation and other details

check Finding alternatives for backing up in a virtual environment

If you’re the hapless IT manager, the safety of the data on your network is your responsibility. In fact, it’s your primary responsibility. You get paid to lie awake at night worrying about your data. Will it be there tomorrow? If it’s not, can you get it back? And — most important — if you can’t get it back, will you have a job tomorrow?

This chapter covers the ins and outs of being a good, responsible, trustworthy network manager. No one gives out merit badges for this stuff, but someone should.

Backing Up Your Data

Having data backed up is the cornerstone of any disaster recovery plan. Without backups, a simple hard drive failure can set your company back days or even weeks while it tries to reconstruct lost ...

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