CrashPlan for Small Business offers data protection for file servers. In order to back up your organization's file servers effectively, there are some special considerations to keep in mind. This article details how to use CrashPlan for Small Business to back up your file server data successfully and ensure you have access to restore those files.
Considerations for server backup
Supported operating systems
For a list of the server operating systems we support, see CrashPlan for Small Business supported operating systems.
While we offer unlimited storage, available computer memory may be a limiting factor for very large file selections. By default, the Code42 app is allowed to use 25% of the physical memory on the device. See our guide to adjusting Code42 app settings for large archives for information on memory usage configuration. See our system requirements for additional information on the minimum requirements needed to use the Code42 app.
- For best practices on backing up open files and databases, see Back up open files and databases using CrashPlan for Small Business and Understand and troubleshoot backing up open files with Windows VSS (CrashPlan for Small Business).
- For information on backing up virtual machines, see Back up virtual machines and separate boot partitions using CrashPlan for Small Business. Also note that virtual machine file types are excluded from CrashPlan for Small Business backups.
Speed for initial and ongoing backups
Another consideration for any large archive is the time it takes to complete backup for both initial and ongoing backups. There are two major considerations for speed:
- Internet connection (bandwidth): The Code42 cloud has a finite amount of bandwidth that is shared by all of our users. Even if you have a very fast Internet connection, it's unlikely that your upload to the Code42 cloud will saturate your upload bandwidth.
- Computer power (CPU): By default, the Code42 app has limits in place to prevent it from using too many system resources. However, many computers can support increasing the amount of CPU the Code42 app is allowed to use without impacting system performance. See our guide to speeding up your backup for more information on adjusting your settings for faster speeds.
On average, you can expect backups to the Code42 cloud to progress by at least 10 GB of data per day, as long as your computer is powered on and not in standby mode.
The Code42 app is designed to intelligently prioritize your backup without your intervention. Nonetheless, because backing up a server may result in a large archive, you may want to take greater control over backup priorities. With backup sets, you can opt to segment your file selection into sets with unique settings and priorities for each.
CrashPlan for Small Business pricing is device-based, meaning that if you install the Code42 app on your server, that server is considered an active device. You are not charged for external drives.
Server backup best practices
Frequency and versions
As a best practice, we recommend adjusting the frequency and version settings for backing up your server to the following:
- Back up changes every: Every hour
- Remove deleted files: Every 6 months
- What should you back up with CrashPlan for Small Business?
- Choose multiple destinations for CrashPlan for Small Business
- Adjust Code42 app settings for memory usage with large backups (CrashPlan for Small Business)
- Speed up your backup using CrashPlan for Small Business
- Back up to an external drive with CrashPlan for Small Business