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Ask Microsoft: Disaster recovery planning for SBS

A senior project manager for Microsoft's Windows Small Business Server talks about how to simplify disaster recovery planning.

On a regular basis, top Microsoft executives answer readers' toughest technical questions about Windows-based systems. This installment of "Ask Microsoft" was answered by Guy Haycock, senior product manager, Windows Small Business Server.

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Question: Rick Devenuti, corporate vice president for Microsoft Services, recently answered a question about simplifying disaster recovery planning. However, the answer only applies to Windows Server 2003 Standard and Enterprise editions. As a small business, my company is using Small Business Server (SBS). AD, Exchange, DNS, DHCP and WINS are running on the same server. Is there any advice you can offer on simplifying disaster recovery planning for SBS?

Answer: Windows Small Business Server 2003 provides a reliable way to perform regular server backups to a tape drive, external hard drive, or network share. The Backup Configuration Wizard allows you to easily configure your backup. After a system failure or other disaster, you can restore your server from your latest successful backup. You can use the Backup Configuration Wizard to configure storage for individual files and e-mail messages, so that they can be restored in the event they are permanently deleted, without restoring the entire server. You can also configure backup of your company Web site, so that you can easily restore files and list items to the site.

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-- Guy Haycock

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