I have a large Windows file server with about 2TB of data, about half of that is over 2 years old (based on modification date). What would be the best way of archiving off that old data, using scripts or whatever, but without spending big money on a full archiving (HSM) system?
The purpose is to reduce the backup window, because all that old data is backed up every week when really it never changes and can be backed up much less frequently, thus reducing tape requirements.
BTW the archive would be on another disk, with read-only permissions.
Has anyone implemented something similar? How would users access the archive easily?