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Server Management. Windows Servers. Sydney Region Server. HP Advanced Model (7.5 Unit) model 3 - $5912 ML 350 Chassis, Tower Form Factor Dual-Core Intel Xeon 5140 Processor (IA64) 5 Gb RAM Drives HP Smart Array Controller 2 x 72 Gb - Mirrored (72 Gb Available)

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Server management

Server Management

Windows Servers


Sydney region server

Sydney Region Server

  • HP Advanced Model (7.5 Unit) model 3 - $5912

  • ML 350 Chassis, Tower Form Factor

    • Dual-Core Intel Xeon 5140 Processor (IA64)

    • 5 Gb RAM

    • Drives

      • HP Smart Array Controller

      • 2 x 72 Gb - Mirrored (72 Gb Available)

        • 30 Gb – SysVol

        • 42 Gb - StaffApps or Images

      • 3 x 146 Gb – RAID 5 (292 Gb Available)

        • Data

      • Support for up to 8 SAS Drives (146Gb)

  • DLT Tape Backup – 200/400Gb Capacity

  • Windows 2003 R2 (64 bit)


Features of sr windows servers

Features of SR Windows Servers

  • Computers split into Staff and Educational PC

  • Data Shares for Specific groups

    • All shares accessible through Network Shares folder on Desktop based on Group membership

    • Drive Mappings for chosen data shares

  • Printers connected through logon scripts

    • Printers assigned according to Site/Staff-Edu/Room/Computer/User

  • Desktop and Start menu Icons copied based upon Staff-EDU group/Room


Features of sr windows servers cont

Features of SR Windows Servers (Cont)

  • IE Favourites redirected to Home drive

  • IE Home page assigned according to Staff/Student

  • Background Assigned according to Staff/Edu grouping

  • Group policies to apply security


Data management

Data Management

  • Rule 1 – “data will soon fill all available space”

  • Rule 2 – “data will quickly fill all available space

  • Rule 3 – See Rule number 1

  • Failure to follow rules may lead to backup and system failures.

  • Data needs to be “culled” from time to time.

    • Encourage staff to clean their own folders.

  • This removes load from backup and restore processes

  • Culled data can be archived to CD/DVD/External Drive/other


Data management one solution

Data management – One solution

  • Within Data Share, create a year folder

    • EG “2008”

  • Within this folder create all necessary sub folders.

  • All files used in 2008 are to be stored within this folder.

  • In 2009:

    • Create a new folder – “2009”, make 2008 read only

    • Create all necessary subfolders within this folder

    • If a file is used from the 2008 folder, copy it to the 2009 folder.

    • At end of 2009, archive 2008 folder to CD/DVD/Tape/other


User management

User Management

  • At start of each year:

    • Delete users who have left.

    • Move deleted users’ Homefolders to “deletedUsers”

    • The DeletedUsers folder can then be archived to CD/DVD/External HDD

    • Archive old data to CD/DVD/External HDD


Server management backup

Server Management - Backup

  • Backup ensures a copy of essential files in case of server failure or User Error.

  • Regular backups should be taken of:

    • All user data – Nightly/weekly

    • Active Directory – Nightly/weekly

    • System areas – Term

    • Whole Server - Year


Backup options hardware

Backup Options - hardware

  • None

  • Internal

  • Tape

  • External Hard disk drives

  • Network Attached Storage

  • Gprotect – Sentral Server

  • Server-Server Copy


Server management

Tape

  • + Large Capacity

  • + Easy to take offsite

  • + Able to backup multiple devices

  • - Slow to restore

  • - Requires additional software to backup and restore


External hard drives

External Hard drives

  • Require 3 External USB drives (Minimum)

    • Need to be matching Drives

  • All need to be assigned same drive letter

  • Swap drive each week and take home.

  • + Cost effective

  • + Fast Backup and restore

  • + Able to use Windows Explorer to recover files


Network attached storage

Network Attached Storage

  • Network hard drive in another building

  • + Fast to backup and restore

  • + Able to use Windows Explorer to recover files.

  • + Many NAS support RAID 1

  • - Can be Expensive

  • - not offsite


Backup tips

Backup Tips

  • Set backup for late night when users are not on system

  • Encourage users to log out (and shut down)

  • Verify backups

  • Check any backup logs.

  • Test restore regularly

  • Have off-site backup

  • You never have too much backup

  • Users should be encouraged to have their own backups (USB drive etc)

  • Don't have critical data on server only


Expansion options asi

Expansion Options - ASI

  • Kit 1 – ASI Server Disk Capacity Upgrade

    • 2 x 250 Gb SATA Drives, cables, Installation

    • $315 (ex GST)

  • Kit 2 – Removable HDD Backup

    • 3 x Maxtor One Touch IV 160 gb Mini USB 2 Drives

    • $465 (ex GST)

  • Kit 3 – ASI Extended Server Waranty

    • ASI Extended Server Warranty – 1 year

    • $1100 (ex GST)


Backup software new servers

Backup Software – New Servers

  • Symantec Backup Exec 11d at 85% off price

    • Backup Exec 11d for Windows – Core ($~172.00)

    • BEWS 11d Agent for Windows Systems (AWS) (~$85)

    • BEWS 11d Advanced Open File Option (AOFO) (~$150)

    • BEWS 11d Agent for Windows Active Directory (~$215)

    • BEWS 11d Intelligent Disaster Recovery Option (IDR) (~$150)

      • (~$850)

  • Agent for Macintosh

  • Agent for Netware


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