I've got an Apple Xserve, connected to a 10TB Xserve RAID. I've also got several other Windows-based servers, and file servers, in the same rack.

My current tape back-up solution runs on a Windows server, and it doesn't play nice with my Mac server. There are files not getting backed-up, failed back-ups, missing/corrupted files, etc.

Ideally, I'd be doing weekly or bi-monthly (twice a month) incremental back-ups.

I am looking for some kind of tape backup solution that I can dedicate just to the Mac stuff (i.e. keep my current set up for the Windows servers, and buy new software + equipment just for the Mac).

What would be the best, reasonably priced, software & hardware combo for this?

  • What kind of backup hardware do you have now? What backup software are you running? Generally speaking if you have a backup environment & it supports Macs I would try to make that work rather than setting up something independent -- perhaps your vendor can help?
    – voretaq7
    Feb 23, 2011 at 18:43
  • In theory, it supports Macs. In practice, not so much. We've had a lot of people (highly paid consultants) look at our set up, and they have been unable to get it working properly with our Mac. So, I'd like to dedicate a back-up system just to the Mac. I figure it will be cheaper than paying the consultants to repeatedly come out. Also, in the future, our Mac may be in a different location than it is currently, so a dedicated back up system would be ideal, regardless.
    – Kyle Lowry
    Feb 23, 2011 at 20:17

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We have an Xserve that is backed up to a drobo, which is pretty easy to setup, used Carbon Copy Cloner for setting up scheduled backups.

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