I'm a database guy. I don't deal with infrastructure/ sysadmin stuff (although obviously it ties in together a lot).

If I'm backing up say SQL Server to enable a certain amount of recoveries -- say every day for 14 days, and once a month for 12 months .... X amount of backups.

And there are server level backups ... I don't know what those are ... similar idea though, there are daily, weekly, monthly recovery points .. Y amount of backups.

If my backup storage takes my database(s) total size --- say 500 GB .... and ends up taking that to 1500 GB... 3x size.

And the infrastructure backup model takes the total server size and takes that x3 size (I'm actually not certain and haven't exactly looked into this --- yes accidental DBA indeed).

Then presumably our full backup plan is X * Y right? 9x?

Is this a dumb way to do backups?

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    For the most part I would suggest that when you take an infrastructure backup of your SQL Server, you only grab the C:\ (or wherever your OS & app lives). Have them ignore database drives. For the most part they usually fail to get database files in a consistent state, especially if you have log and data files on different disks. Then restore the C drive and then do a restore of the database files from your database backup. Jul 23, 2021 at 16:44

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You need to decide these things with the infrastucture/backup team.

Book a meeting with them, sit down and talk about what is best for the organization. SQL Server backups has upsides, including the ability to do transaction log backups (provides for point-in-time restore).

It is impossible for us to say whether you double the backup storage since we don't know how the "machine backups" work.

  • Maybe they do include the SQL Server data, or maybe they don't?
  • Or maybe they do include the SQL Server data, but in a bad way so when you try to restore you get corrupt databases.

Anything is possible.

You have a shared responsibility to provide the requirements for your organization. And your organization has the responsibility to give you and the infrastructure team specs to go by (typically RPO and RTO).

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