You might look for your local IT pro to prevent disasters’- not natural disasters but, disasters of the technical kind. Power outages can happen often, depending on what part of the country you live. What happens to your computers when they naturally lose power? Well they die, at a minimum you lose everything you were currently working on, unless you saved it very recently. There are some things you can do to prevent data loss if you happen to lose power. You can prevent data loss with a solid data backup strategy. You can use this strategy for various reasons; such as accidental file deletion or laptop theft. Data loss of any kind is a disaster to your organization and to your personal life. It’s best practice to take regular snapshots or regular copies of the files or computers that we want to protect. You will be able to go back to those copies if something goes wrong with your computer. Basically, that’s the essence of a backup. Protecting you in your time of need.
Unfortunately, we don’t get to pick or choose when disasters strike. That why you will need different layers of backup strategies in place to protect you if something goes wrong. There is a specific layer that protects just files, then there is a layer that protects the entire computer itself.
So, let’s talk about how you can get started with backups. There a re a bunch of third parties that sell backup software. Veam is a popular one that backs up servers and files. There are even free versions, such as Altaro that does the same thing.
Outside of third-party tools Windows 10 and Windows Servers comes with backup utility software that can backup your files. There are some limitations such as where it can backup and when.
Volume Shadow Copies is a free backup utility for Windows Servers. That is one way that you can start protecting your files right away on top of those 3rd party vendors.
Next we have “images”, sometimes called a Bare Metal Backup This means you can take a backup of an entire computer, including the operating system. If the hardware fails on that computer, we can take our backup and restore it to a separate server or computer like nothing never happened. This protects us against total hardware loss so you can still restore your files and services and not miss a beat. If your environment has virtual machines you can take bare metal or image-based backups of your virtual machines and restore them as well. This ultimately saves a ton of time because we don’t have to reinstall the operating system, basically taking all the things that take spinning up a new computer a lot of time. We can cut those things out. So that’s the different types of backups that are available to you.
You may find a different approach or system that works best for your organization. The most important thing is to implement a backup strategy and put in place today. Taking action may be the difference between you thriving or going out of business.