Setup backup solution for our Municipality.

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Setup backup solution for our Municipality.

Hi Collegues,

i am the Responsible for all ICT Queries in my Municipality. At the moment, we do have a shared server at all, Everybody is taking care for their own backup and computers. The result is, that in most cases, no backup is done at all.

I have been asked to setup a solution for backup. Do you have any recommendation which road to take? I mean there are many alternatives:

a) MS Office Server (File Sharing, Exchange)

b) Linux Server

c) Network attached storage

d) Windows Home Server

e) old PC as a server

Any recommendations?

regards

Gregor

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Re: Setup backup solution for our Municipality.

Gregor,

Apart from your need. It might be more important to know your level of expertise within ICT. There are lots and lost of solutions both commercial and open-source (free) that you can use. Obviously the commercil solutions cost money but is on average fairly easy to setup and configure, where open-source solutions are free but you need to have some expertise to get it up and running.

Things like Active Directory, SAMBA, even all-in-one solutions like ClearOS can perform these functions. You can also combine functions and integrate via LDAP, etc. All depends on your expertise an how much time your want to spend on implementing the solutions and obviously your budget.

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Re: Setup backup solution for our Municipality.

Depending on your municipalities policies I would suggest implementing Microsoft Sharepoint 2007 or 2010. It has all the functionalities you need and more. It is tightly integrated with microsoft office and is very easy to use.

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Re: Setup backup solution for our Municipality.

I think this is also discussed in one of the other posts...

You first need to look at your environment and obviously your budget. There are literally lots and lots of options available in both commercial and open-source environments.

Microsoft products are certainly the most common, but not the cheapest, While opensource products are free, but you need some technical background to setup and maintain the systems.

1. In our environment of about 200 users across 7 towns (50km radius) I have implemented Active Directory. This is to ensure centralised management, so I dont need to go to every single pc/laptop on the network. A script is then run on every user pc when they log on, which copy data (less then 10seconds) to a server on the network. I then use Symantec Backup Exec to backup this server to an offsite location. These backups are then transfered to my Disaster Recovery loaction where a technician use Virtualization to test the integrity of the backups. So at any given time, we have 3 backups of any user and any system. In this scenario I use commercial software.

2. On our not-so-critical systems, such as libraries, I have implemented opensource solutions to take care of this, thus not spending anything, except my time, on setting it up. If you have the expertise or enough guts and savvy, search sourceforge.net for a few simple solutions.

As with any IT implementation, the key is to spend more time in the planning and research, before just jumping in and spending lots of money to only find a few years down that your expenses were wasteful.

Regards,

Nino

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