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Disk Imaging, Cloning for Backup & Recovery: Acronis, Symantec, Paragon

By urban_ranger76 ·
Hi guys, I need your help...

My boss wants me to conduct a review of backup and recovery vendor products for a client.

More specifically, the following are what we are looking for:
Pros and cons of the following vendor products:
1) Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery (Servers and Workstations) 7.0
2) Symantec Ghost Suite 2.0
3) Acronis True Image (Server and Workstations) 9.1
4) Paragon Drive Backup 8.51

The client's environment consists of:
Applications built in C++ and Visual Basic
Window 2000, 2003, NT servers
MS SQL Database Servers at the backend

I am interested in knowing:
1) If anybody has already performed a study/comparison on these products
2) Any information on the pros and cons, strengths and weakness, technical challenges experienced in implementing/using these products, based on anecdotes or own experiences
3) The challenges faced by these products in restoring on dissimilar hardware
5) General information on backup and recovery based on disk imaging, disk cloning under Window environment (eg. Technical challenges, pros and cons)

Please respond if you can!!! Thanks a million!!!

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Disk Imaging Acronis True Image

by luis_carrillo In reply to Disk Imaging, Cloning for ...

I use Acronis True Image software for personal use. I look into others but this disk imaging software has worked really well for me. I have repaired several pcs, reimaging the os, and making a full backup of the os using Acronis True Image; I would recommend this software!

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Symantec System Recovery

by shellshock20 In reply to Disk Imaging Acronis True ...

I have been testing Symantec System Recovery for a few months now. I tested restoring 5 servers. 2 domains, SQL server, Terminal Server and Lotus notes email server.
2 windows 2003 server, 1 small business server 2000 and 2 standard 2000 server.

I was able to recover my environment to dissimilar hardware with no problem. My production environment is all dells and my test environment Hp's and other off brands.

The most problem I had was recovering small business server 2000. Which had to do with 2000 not having VSS function like windows 2003. There is a work around which symantec provides in their documentation. Overall I am happy with the product.

Images are captured live while the system is running.

I have only used Acronis workstation edition. I think is a better product than symantec ghost. Acronis was my first choice for server imagining but the powers that be wanted to go with the name there familiar with Symantec. So far the product is doing it?s job.

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Which one did you finally choose and why?`

by ocarmona In reply to Symantec System Recovery

Hello Shellshock20 which one did you finally choose and why?

I'm in the same crossroad now!

Appreciate it!

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