How Do I Backup my Workstation


Most people believe the quote, "Hindsight is 20/20 vision". One of the most common visions in computing is how important a backup of vital data can be once your workstation hard drive has crashed.

Outlined below are some available options for backing up data. The combination of all three will provide maximum redundancy for your vital data.

Workstation backups (UCBackup and TSM)

Haas Computer Services recommends the UCBackup service to backup all critical data on your workstation.

Information Services and Technology offers the UCBackup service to campus departments for backing up individual workstations. The UCBackup cost can be minimal when compared to the time savings of recreating lost data. This technology requires client software on individual workstations and a valid UCBackup account. 

The UCBackup team manages a large tape library. This system is responsible for backups throughout the campus community. IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager(TSM) software provides robust client/server software for a reliable and configurable backup solution.  Client support is offered at Haas for both Solaris and Windows workstations.  To ensure availability of data during a catastrophe, tapes are stored at a secure offsite storage location.

The main UCBackup website is

Server storage space (H:\ and I:\ drives)

Haas data servers are backed up nightly. A full backup of each server is performed twice monthly. Any file changed since the last full backup will be backed up during the nightly incremental backup. This full-incremental scheme saves time and resources. Server disk space is allocated and managed with individual quotas to ensure equitable distribution of resources.

The Haas backup server manages a tape library of over 150 tapes using Legato Networker software. Legato Networker is an enterprise backup solution capable of global systems management. Each tape has a capacity of 35-70gb with compression. We use a 15 slot and a 30 slot autochanger to manage the working set of tape volumes. This helps ease administration of our tape space and speeds recovery of your data.  Haas servers run anti virus software to ensure your data remains virus free. Norton AntiVirus software is continually updated to ensure maximum effectiveness as a countermeasure against new viruses.

Removable Media

Removable media can be physically removed from a workstation. 3-1/2" floppy, ZIP drive, JAZ drive and removable tape are all considered removable media.
This media is relatively inexpensive and easy to obtain. These types of media are not recommended as a primary backup solution as they may fail without notice.
Recovery of vital data from these media failures is cost prohibitive. 

updated April 8, 2005 -kv