Windows backup and recovery

Having a fast and secure backup and recovery plan is a major priority for any IT manager. This series of webcasts and podcasts offers valuable information for protecting your Windows network and successfully backing up Exchange Server, SQL Server and your Windows operating system.

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Having a fast and secure backup and recovery plan is a major priority for any IT manager. This series of webcasts and podcasts offers valuable information for protecting your Windows network and successfully backing up Exchange Server, SQL Server and your Windows operating system.


WEBCAST: The evolution of Exchange Server backup and recovery
Speaker: Lee Benjamin, Principal Advisor, ExchangeGuy Consulting Services

As an email administrator, it is vital that you understand how to back up Exchange Server properly and regularly -- and ensure that your Exchange Server databases can be restored. This webcast explores how backup and recovery differs in the various versions of Exchange Server. It also explains how various backup methods work, including traditional tape backups, snapshots, Exchange recovery storage groups, and continuous data protection. You'll also get a peek at what Exchange Server 2007 has in store for backup and recovery.

View this webcast (Running time approximately 50 minutes)

PODCAST: Exchange Server backup and recovery -- what, how and why
Speaker: Lee Benjamin

Learn Exchange Server backup and recovery best practices. This podcast explains what Exchange Server components and data you need to backup, how to understand the new backup technologies, and why testing before an Exchange Server disaster is so important.

Download this podcast (Running time 16:13)


WEBCAST: SQL Server backup and restore fundamentals
Speaker: Greg Rodiboux, President and Founder, Edgewood Solutions

As a SQL Server database administrator you must always be prepared to respond quickly to data corruption or system failure, which also means you must always have reliable backups and a dependable recovery plan. Edgewood Solutions' Greg Rodiboux helps you ensure your backup and restore procedures are properly established and up to par. This webcast will specifically cover:

  • Selecting a recovery model
  • Selecting a backup schedule
  • Maintenance plans or jobs
  • Backup processes
  • Monitoring
  • Testing

    View this webcast (Running time approximately 55 minutes)

    PODCAST: Recovery model options in SQL Server
    Speaker: Greg Rodiboux

    Recovery models available in SQL Server include full-recovery, bulk-log recovery and simple recovery. In this podcast, SQL Server Backup and Recovery expert Greg Robidoux describes each of the three models. Robidoux, president of Edgewood Solutions, will guide you toward making the right recovery model choice for your SQL Server environment.

    Once you've determined the type of information being stored in your transaction logs and decided the appropriate recovery model, next you'll need to choose a backup processing method. Based on the applications being run, backup options for your SQL Server recovery model are full backups, transaction log backups and/or differential backups. Robidoux will explain each backup type and point you in the right direction to use either one or a combination of backups for your SQL Server.

    Download this podcast (Running time 6:20)


    WEBCAST: Identifying and eliminating Windows backup system bottlenecks
    Speaker: Jacob Farmer, CTO, Cambridge Computer Corp.

    Few backup systems are thoughtfully designed. The backup system is often a tack-on to a server or storage purchase, rather than a whole project unto itself. In this webcast, Jacob Farmer, chief technology officer for Cambridge Computer, an integrator and value-added reseller specializing in data protection and storage management, identifies some of the bottlenecks that exist in traditional Windows backup systems, proposes solutions and workarounds for these bottlenecks, and offers his thoughts on best backup practices.

    View this webcast (Running time approximately 55 minutes)

    PODCAST: Basic systems backup
    Speaker: Jacob Farmer

    In this podcast, Jacob Farmer holds forth on issues such as backup for 64-bit Windows, whether Windows has shaken off its "non-enterprise" reputation, the downside to the dropping cost of disk storage, the impact server virtualization is having on backup and CDP, while giving examples of some worst practices he sees related to storage.

    Download this podcast (Running time 10:23)


    WEBCAST: Messaging security: Preventing data loss and malware infection through electronic communications
    Speaker: Mike Cobb, Founder and Managing Director, Cobweb Applications Ltd.

    In the 21st century electronic communications are the lifeblood of businesses across the globe. From email to instant messaging, nearly every attempt at communication begins and ends on a client, and many of those are Windows clients. The ease of use and ubiquity of these communications presents two problems for administrators: ensuring that the contents of these communications are secure and that these communication channels do not become compromised by malware.

    In this webcast we will look at the many procedures, tools and policies available to Windows security administrators to secure an enterprise's electronic communications.

    Topics include:

  • Practical application of email and IM encryption
  • Protecting end users from phishing
  • Reasons for and ways to archive Instant Messaging conversations
  • Drafting an enforceable IM use policy
  • Assessing and mitigating the danger of IM viruses

    View this webcast (Running time approximately 40 minutes)

    PODCAST: Messaging security: Understanding the threat of email and IM attacks
    Speaker: Mike Cobb

    This podcast will help assess the evolving threats to enterprise communications. We will investigate the severity of phishing and IM virus threats and spend time assessing the effectiveness and requirements of unified messaging security products.

    Download this podcast (Running time 11:10)


    This was first published in November 2006

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