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  1. Senior Member
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    Mar 2008

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    Default What do you think?

    Just some things we do at work that might be unique for a small, <90 employees, shop. Just thought I would see what people think.

    1 - Early on I created a virtual instance AD domain server. The server isn't up 100% of the time. Maybe once a month. We consider it a disaster recovery tool but the article I took the idea from suggested using it as a way to ensure that if AD is corrupted recovery is easier than doing a restore. We used it in our last DR test and it worked well. You do have to take control of the various roles but that is straight forward.

    2 - All the Virtual Servers, ISO's of applications and OS's, and much of the documentation for the applications are backed up to a external hard drive every few months.
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  2. Senior Member
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    That's definitely a great way to use virtualization, especially for small businesses that do not want to purchase another machine just for a redundant DC. Not only is it easier than doing it a restore, you can power it up on a moderately powerful workstation and basically have no downtime while your primary server is being repaired.

    You may want to power that on more than once a month though. That seems like a long time between replications.

    Also, consider burning 2-3 sets of DVDs for your ISOs and any other data that doesn't change often and storing them in different locations. There's no reason to continually back up the same thing. I use two external HDs and I alternate them weekly. That way, I have a backup that's slightly older as well as a spare in case one of them fails.
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