Server Backup Policy

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Backup Hardware

Backup hardware:

  • Inateck USB 3.0 Hard Drives Docking Station for 2.5 Inch and 3.5 Inch HDD SSD SATA (SATA I / II / III), Support 4TB, Optimized For SSD [1]
  • WD Red 3TB NAS Hard Disk Drive - 5400 RPM Class SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD30EFRX [2]

Before First Use

Each drive has to be formatted using NTFS. The easiest way to do this is to plug the drive into the RDP server connected toaster. Then on the RDP (as admin) open the server manager, choose tools (top right), and choose "computer management". Under Storage (left pane) - choose Disk Management. It will detect the new drive and ask whether you want MBR or GPT, select GPT. Then will show up as a black, unallocated partition. Right click, choose New Simple Volume.

For the backup drive that will be used with the RDP, let the Windows Server Backup manager (also under Storage) format the drive.

Mounting the drives on Linux

As root do the following:

lsblk   //This checks the filesystem. It will report the volumne name (e.g., /dev/sde)
mkdir /media/mountname    //we use usb_backup
mount -t NTFS /dev/sde /media/mountname

Note "lshw | less" is the verbose version of lsblk.

umount /media/mountname