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Scheduling backups on Windows SBS 2008

Applies To: Windows SBS 2008

You should protect your computer that is running Windows SBS 2008 and its data automatically by scheduling daily backups. It is recommended that you maintain a daily backup plan because most organizations cannot afford to lose the data that has been created over several days.

When you use the Configure Server Backup Wizard that is included with Windows SBS 2008, you can choose to back up server data at multiple times during the day. Because the wizard schedules differential-based backups, Backup runs quickly, and server performance is not significantly impacted. By default, Configure Server Backup schedules a backup to run daily at 5:00 P.M. and 11:00 P.M. However, you can adjust the backup schedule according to the needs of your organization. You should occasionally evaluate the effectiveness of your backup plan, and change the plan as necessary.

It is also recommended that you store your external storage drives at a secure offsite location and regularly rotate them to protect your data if there is a natural disaster. The offsite location should be safe from threat of fire, flood, theft, and other perils.

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