When setting up a new SBS 2008, it is important to keep in mind that the schedule for the built-in SBS 2008 backup and the Volume Shadow Copy snapshots should not overlap.
When we schedule the SBS backup, we set the following times:
- 1200hrs (12PM)
- 1700hrs (5PM)
- 2300hrs (11PM)
For the Volume Shadow Copies we set a schedule that is based on the volume of data changes that happen at the client site. For sites that have a high volume of data changing on any given day during their peak season we will reduce the number of VSC snapshots.
A rule of thumb for scheduling the snapshots:
- 0817hrs (8:17AM)
- 1017hrs (10:17AM – Coffee/Tea break)
- 1217hrs (12:17PM – Lunch break)
- 1517hrs (3:17PM – Coffee/Tea break)
- 1817hrs (6:17PM – End of day)
We put the 17 minutes adjustment in as a just in case to avoid the snapshots running at the same time as any hourly scheduled tasks.
Note that, to date the built-in SBS 2008 backup is absolutely phenomenal for recovery purposes.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book