I'd like to create a server suitable for having a hot-spare disk, plus the capability to create full backup for removal off-site, say once a week.
I am considering the HP ProLiant DL160 G6 (with hot swap) rack server (spec here).
Obviously configuring the server for RAID 1 with 2 disks will enable the hot-spare in the event of a single drive failure, but will this server support the ad-hoc backup capability I need for the offsite side of things?
I envisage having say 6 additional, spare HDDs,for say 6 weeks of backup and labelled accordingly. The admin would bring the appropriate HDD to the server at the end of the week, insert it in one of the spare hot SATA slots and kick start the disk cloning process.
Can I get a server to perform the "cloning" automatically upon insertion and then notify the user via a light (assuming the server is headless, apart from RDP)?
Or is there a better way to achieve what I'm after?