I have started my first job and apart from designing a network (which I have done) I'm to decide about back up solutions. I use Visio for diagramming but I have no idea whether a data back up should be in the diagram or not and how to do it. I have a database servers and I assume there should be something to show their back up storage. Any help greatly appreciated

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I would approach this by thinking of the conceptual layers: "backups" are an application that uses the network. So if you're going to include a representation of backups, then you should have all(most?) network using applications shown. So if that's what the diagram is about, then yes, include backups. If it is, for example, a physical wiring diagram, then there'd be no applications shown.

  • thank you for your reply. I probably did not make myself clear (sorry for my English). By backups I mean data backups of e.g. database servers. – Pietros Apr 21 '14 at 11:26
  • That's what I thought you meant. "backups" is an application, like "web servers" or "file servers", which use the network. – Craig Constantine Apr 21 '14 at 11:32
  • Oh, right. Also assuming I have a Web server or a DB server, how the simplest backup should look like? I cannot find anything to quickly resolve that. Thank you – Pietros Apr 21 '14 at 11:35
  • how about a google image search? – Craig Constantine Apr 21 '14 at 11:51
  • yes, though I mainly want to understand, it is hard if I do not have the foundation. I tried to find a network diagram (classic) with backup but these are different. – Pietros Apr 21 '14 at 12:20

I create several different layers of diagrams. This is required to completely document a network. I keep application specific information off of physical diagram. My physical diagram usually includes IP addresses as well, and some basic info about the devices themselves (Make, model, firmware, etc). I then make logical network diagrams that include applications, like Exchange, SQL, Backups, etc. Finally, I'll usually include a logical application diagram that explains rules for services, open ports, how clients connect, etc (For those applications listed above, like Exchange RPC/HTTP, Autodiscover, SMTP, etc). And I also have a logical application diagram for the backup server, saying what is backed up, when (schedules), how (agent, local or remote, xcopy, rsync, etc).

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