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Windows Backup – Success and Failure Notifications

Windows Server Backup is a nice, built in solution for small companies wanting to ensure their local data is safe from hardware failure and corruption.  The backup itself is built into Windows (no special license required) and will run to locally attached drives (USB, iSCSI, VHDX, etc.). With all backups though, you are only as […]

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SharePoint Backup and PowerShell Crash Event ID 1001

Two items high on the list of concerns for many companies are backups, and cost.  We recently had a client looking for a cost-effective but reliable solution for backing up their internal SharePoint 2010 environment. So, without reinventing the wheel, we deployed a nice little PowerShell script produced by the good people over at CodePlex […]

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Spring is coming…

Spring is coming (apparently), and with it comes the potential for flooding and severe weather that can cause a host of problems for the unprepared organization. While disasters and catastrophic events are unpredictable, and of course occur all year round, now is a great time to review or create your organization’s Disaster Recovery or Business […]

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Windows Backup Fails – Error Code: 2155347997

Event ID 8228: Fail to parse XML file Event ID 8193: Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error calling routine CreateVssExamineWriterMetadata.  hr = 0x80042311, The given XML document is invalid.  It is either incorrectly-formed XML or it does not match the schema. We recently ran into an issue with Microsoft Server Backup in Server 2008 […]

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Backing Up Your Virtualized Environment

There are strong cases to be made for virtualization: Reduction in power costs Better utilization of hardware resources Easy transition to new hardware in the event of a host failure The list goes on.  But one application of virtualized service that is overlooked in many cases is a virtual system backup strategy. It is very […]

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The Importance of Data Backups – Part 3 of 3

Step 3: Ensuring a Successful Backup took place Now that we have invested the time to create a proper backup strategy, with 3 copies of our data on our extended network or physical media, how do we determine this process takes place each night? The idea behind automating this type of process is that your […]

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The Importance of Data Backups – Part 2 of 3

Step 2:  Determine the Storage Strategy Storage strategy should be broken into three parts: Local storage (stored on the server itself.) Company storage (stored on a dedicated server on the company LAN.) Offsite storage (physically located off the company premises.) Local Storage: For all critical servers, create a local share (hidden if you need) on […]

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The Importance of Data Backups – Part 1 of 3

What can be done in the event of a catastrophic system failure that renders access to company data impossible?  In most cases, the first “real” test of the company’s data backup strategy is attempted, and a panicked IT team jumps into action looking for the most recent tape that hasn’t been lost or corrupted. A […]

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