Facilities IT Server and Workstation Backups
What We Back Up and How Long We Keep It
Our highest priority is to back up all our servers on a daily
basis. Our goal is to be able to restore any file backed up
in the last 14 weeks and only lose changes made since the
previous night’s backup.
Servers We Back Up:
- IBM Series i5 Server (i.e., Green Screen or AS/400)
- Windows Print and File Servers
- Linux Servers
Selected Files on Local Workstations
To back up files on local workstations we use Symantec’s
BackupExec Desktop-Laptop Option (DLO) software. Only certain file
locations on users’ workstations are backed up - see the list below.
Make sure to save your files in one of these locations if
you want them to be backed up.
Files backed up by DLO:
Our goal is to be able to restore any of the last three saved
versions of files that were backed up in the last six months.
Versions prior to the most recent three are not retained.
- Desktop files and shortcuts
- My Documents
- My Favorites (Internet Explorer bookmarks)
- Outlook personal folders
Images of Windows Workstations on the Facilities Services
Using Windows 7 Imaging Backup and Scheduling we make
complete image backups of all computers once a month.
We retain the most recent monthly image, as well as one that
is approximately 6 months old.
Our goal is to be able to quickly restore the user's full computer
configuration in the event of a severe virus/malware infection
or hardware failure, using a Windows image and the selected files
from Symantec BackupExec DLO.
We are currently backing up approximately
- 7 Windows Servers
- 9 Linux Servers
- 125 Windows Workstations