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Backup Exec 11d. Performing a full recovery from backups

By NetworkNewb ·
I was reading the "manual disaster recovery portion of windows computers" in symanctec Disaster prep section.

Simple question here about doing a full restore. Lets say you have windows 2003 standard edition email server hp ml 150 for example..that decides to take a nice crash one day

you get a new box, reinstall 2003 std,exchange..etc... don't join it to domain or workgroup (according to the manual), also use same file format NTFS....etc

now here is where things get grey....per manual page 660 "Install Backup Exec for windows Servers to a directory other than where it was originally installed(this is a temporary installation) ......

here is my ?....(I tried other forums..no luck)....let's say the original email server had the remote agent on it....the actual backup server has all the backups FULL on disk and an ultrium tape under devices....check

how would on go about restoring that data to the new box if there is no tape drive on that new box, you are not supposed to add it to domain or workgroup (according to the manual)...it says " install backup exec for windows, click devices..etc and run restore from that device" (???)

isn't there a huge gap missing? How will that new system know what "devices" to connect to if it only has a cd/dvd rom and usb port...also...how will it know to find the backkup server if it's not on the lan or workgroup.

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Missing the concept of disaster recovery

by CG IT In reply to Backup Exec 11d. Performi ...

Disaster Recovery is about restoring to same hardware. The concept originated at the time servers were very expensive to replace, thus if a processor died you replace the processor. Not replace the entire server.

Since hardware has fallen in prices to the point where it is more cost effective to just buy new, Disaster Recovery concepts don't work well in moving from old to new hardware. This is where planned hardware upgrades based on lifecycle come into play. One plans on replacing old hardware with new hardware before the old hardware actually dies. Its far easier to put new hardware online, configure it, have it work in tandem with old hardware [like DCs in AD] then decommision the old hardware.

With Backup Exe, you can try to restore the system state to new hardware and then solve the new hardware drivers, data paths etc after the restore, but that is fraught with problems as well. Sometimes you spend more time trying to fix problems after restore thus incur more cost than it would have cost just replacing the failed hardware with same hardware then doing a restore.

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