I've just rented a dedicated server running Windows Server 2008 R2. Now I have to think of a backup strategy for the server.
My webhost offers an optional 32 GB USB stick for a one-time fee that would be permanently plugged into the server. Would it be a good idea to use Windows Server Backup for backing up the entire system onto such a stick? It seems that this would be the best option for a bare metal recovery in case it becomes necessary.
The other option would be to use an additional partition on the second harddisk that is built into the computer. But since that disk is part of a Software RAID and therefore a dynamic volume, it seems that it would not work with a bare metal recovery. Or am I mistaken?
So, would the USB stick be a good idea? Or should I back up to the dynamic volume? I'd be interested in your thoughts on this.
Edit: Since you asked about it, there is one other option: The webhost offers 100 GB FTP backup space for offsite backups. I could write a shell script that copies the backup from the local harddisk to that server. But since it's not a drive share, I don't see how this could be used to recover the server in a case of desaster. It seems that the windows installer does not offer recovery from backups stored on FTP servers...