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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Scheduling a Backup

Before scheduling backups, you need to determine the following criteria:

  • How many times a day and at what times you want to schedule backups

  • Whether you want to back up the entire server or only selected volumes

  • Whether the backup could potentially be used for system recovery

  • Whether you will use one disk or multiple disks for storing backups

Choosing Volumes to Back Up

The volumes you choose to back up affect what can be recovered. Back up the entire server and you can recover the full server—all the files, data, applications, and the system state. Back up critical volumes (volumes containing operating system files) if you only want to be able to recover the operating system or system state. If you back up noncritical volumes you’ll ...

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