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C3. Backups

All critical servers should be backed up on a regular basis. All backups should be stored in a separate secure location.


Consult the help files that are provided with your operating system for guidance.


Backups are critical in the event of a hardware malfunction such as a hard drive failure, but can also prove invaluable if the data is somehow corrupted. It is important to have the data stored in a physically separate location than the server in the event that a catastrophe (e.g., fire) strikes the main server. Having the backup in a secure area is just as important as having the server in a secure area.  The theft of a backup would expose the same amount of data as the theft of the server itself.


Full backups should be performed once a week. Incremental backups should be performed daily between each full backup.

Additional Information

ITServices provides backup services for both Windows and Solaris servers. Server administrators can contact the IT Support Centre or the ITServices Main Office to request a consultation regarding server backups.


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