Backup software/hardware for quick restoration to other hardware

By darinj ·
I currently have a Dell PowerEdge 2900 running Win2008R2 server, and a few WinXP Pro systems with server application software installed. As with any business up time is crucial and meeting the demand of a system failure to restore a server to online status until the hardware can be repaired is my objective.

Is there any backup solution that can backup a server in real-time to allow, if a hardware disaster was to occur, a virtual server to be used as server until hardware can be replaced and the current virtual server to be mirrored to new hardware?

Our current backup is backing up only the SQL database and required file locations on the PE2900, and the XP Pro systems only back up the server software needed to restore services on another XP machine. I would like to have in place something more practical and reliable in order to minimize downtime. Also I would like a reputable backup solution for offsite backup as well.

Thank you for any comments or solutions you may have.

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by TheChas In reply to Backup software/hardware ...

Most of the backup software I have used will not backup a running OS. The reason is that you need to lock all of the files on the drive to perform a backup, and you just can't do that with a running Windows configuration.

You are going to need to plan a time on a weekly or monthly basis where you can take the server down for an hour or two to make a full backup.

As to restoring to different hardware, that can be a topic all by itself.
While many of the backup packages can handle a change in hardware, your Windows licenses may not.


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