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Old 30 October 2008, 09:55   #11
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small enough for the office staff to slip into a handbag or a pocket .
in some industries that may not be a selling point! My tapes have an advantage - the chance of a member of staff having the same obscure brand of tape to restore all my information somewhere else is pretty small!
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Most large companies!

Autoloaders and robots. Automatic spanning of tapes.

Disk staging, virtual tape, near line storage, archiving, storage area networks. Different approaches to different requirement. Your USB technique suits small companies, different technologies suit large companies.
The only reason large companies still use them is because senior IT bods are getting on a bit and don't like change!!!

Why anyone would want to backup to tape instead of disk arrays is beyond me. My web designer has a few servers in a large server farm and some of his most important websites he was hosting were down for almost a week because the tape backups weren't capable of doing a full sytem backup. He had no control over this as they were managed by the server farm people.

Why the hell buy a powervault when 1tb hard disks are so much cheaper and have higher transfer speeds?

I remember people used to think I was mad when I said SCSI was a waste of money and multiple IDEs was a better way to go. It turns out that one of the biggest storage places in the world used exactly that approach - Google!!!
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in some industries that may not be a selling point! My tapes have an advantage - the chance of a member of staff having the same obscure brand of tape to restore all my information somewhere else is pretty small!
That's a good point but then again wopuld they have the knowledge either?

If you are worried about data it should be encypted or at least under lock and key!!!

Pity the government don't realise that.............
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OMG here we go again...
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OMG here we go again...
I could say the same.........
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Presumably oneandone manage your MX record which points to one of their mail servers and they relay the email to a delivery point (POP3) for you? Or do you use the ISP's email suffixes?
Hang on a second please... I'm starting to get lost here. MX record?

All our emails use our domain name e.g. keith@surveys-r-us.co.uk, joe@surveys-r-us.co.uk etc. Each of our local machines gets the mails from the 1and1 server via pop3. I don't have a full understanding or knowledge of the other types of email systems as I haven't experienced them, but I'm keen to learn to make sure we're using the mosts sensible method. Althought not the main point of my quest, currently, if we send an email to eachother in the office it goes via the 1and1 server. Although not a problem, presumably the only way to avoid this would be with SBS2003 where our 'server' pc would handle the internal mail communications. The Pegasus Mercury system seems to be along the lines of what I was originally thinking.

Keith

Is there anywhere that the differnet email protocols and methods are clearly and succinctly documented? I know most people learn by experience and trial and error, but I want to get this right first time.
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Hang on a second please... I'm starting to get lost here. MX record?
don't worry about it. When someone wants to send mail to you they have to know where the server that handles surveys-r-us.co.uk is, and also what to do if that server is not responding. The MX record is part of the "address book" for your server. As you use one and one it will all be transparrent to you. If you were using a more sophisticated package you would be able to edit this to do different things.

I think you could avoid uploading and downloading the interal mail using an IMAP server based in your office - but you would need to configure it correctly. The only obvious advantage is bandwidth?
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So you want access to your email form any location plus pop3 access?

IMO Get cpanel server space and point the namesever settings on oneandone account to this space. Then set the cpanel email accounts as required(names, passwords, usernames...)
You can then have web access, using a browser, from any location to the server containing your emails and still have pop3 access from your local PC or mobile phone, blackberry.....just make sure your pop settings leave the read mail on the server, it can delete them after being read.
Back your email up from cpanel, easy and cheap.
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