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NAS checkpoints for NFS and CIFS file systems

NAS expert Randy Kerns discusses NAS checkpoint best practices for NFS and CIFS file systems.

I would like to know if there is a best practice for NAS checkpoints for NFS and CIFS file systems. I currently take checkpoints Mon-Fri at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and keep 4. I wonder if I should just do one a day and maybe keep 4 days?

There's not really a specific best practice for NAS checkpoints NFS and CIFS file systems because there are different 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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