There's not really a specific best practice for NAS checkpoints NFS and CIFS file systems because there are different...
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business usages and different business requirements. It's best for you to determine what your business needs are. What is your recovery point objective -- at what point do you need to recover back to if there is a problem? And, how long is that recovery point available? You really need to establish what you do, based on your own business requirements.
What you're doing now may be what you need -- it doesn't seem excessive on the surface.
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