| 1:47 am on Aug 4, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Servers tend to die as a surprise. Laptops and desktops tend to die with lots of warning - you see it coming. Keep lots of current backups and make sure you know how to reinstall the data and leave it at that. If the machine starts to die, you've got time. If it dies suddenly, well you're a day or so getting up and going. Probably not going to happen but if it does, look at it as a day or two off.
| 8:26 am on Aug 4, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Well, servers also die with warnings. But you need to take a look every now and then as you usually do not work on a server console. Just get into the habit of checking eventlogs on a weekly basis, at least.
| 9:39 am on Aug 4, 2011 (gmt 0)|
|make sure you know how to reinstall the data and leave it at that |
Make also sure that the data is restorable. Have akind of test environment where you can retore the data to and check it with your applications. No backup helps when you cannot access it or the data is corrupted.
| 5:51 pm on Aug 4, 2011 (gmt 0)|
The backup is not an issue. Nor is the server.
Its just a question of being prepared in the event of a hardware issue with (or loss of) my lsptop.
| 4:33 pm on Aug 5, 2011 (gmt 0)|
having a portable as your main machine is kinda risky to begin with. You can have it stolen, drop it, spill something on it, etc etc etc. those little 2.5 drives also have a shorter life span.
Yes i understand everything is backed up but its just a more fragile unit to begin with.
Backed up desktop - portable on the go.
normally if the stuff is really really really really important and uptime is of most importance its nice to have a clone of the hardware sitting around waiting until disaster happens.
| 5:51 am on Aug 6, 2011 (gmt 0)|
Yes indeed, I do have a clone backup. So, from a getting up and running again point of view i could theoretically just buy a new machine and be up and running in as long as it takes to copy 400gb of data across a FireWire 800 cable.
As to it being my main machine, being a consultant who works onsite at a few locations, thats unavoidable.
Sure, i was considering buying a desktop as well. But it wouldnt solve my replacement hardware issue. The bavkup hardware needs to be a Mac and it needs to be portable.