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Howdy,
We just purchased Veritas Backup exec 9.1. I have installed it on our nas device and I have a few questions.

1. I have installed the remote agent on one DC which is my GC and holds my FSMO roles. I have backed it up completly using 9.1. I also have another server exact same hardware which I would like to use for test restores before I put it into production.  But do I need to reinstall windows server 2003 on it first then install the remote agent then restore the systen state and all other information? Also what exactly does the system State backup? My AD structure? And if it doesn't how do I ensure that I can back my AD enviroment up?

2. I have my nas which is my primary backup server. It has 2 tape devices attached to it. I need to back up my exchange 2003 box, my sql server box, and a couple webservers using the remote agent. So i configure it to back it up to the nas hdd and it worked np, but how do I get it to tape at that point?

3. When I backup the system state is that backing up all my IIS settings? And when i restore will I need to install IIS before running the restore.

Thanks a ton.
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If you do not have the "disaster recovery agent" then yes, that is the proper procedure

However, you can really ever do a real "full system restore of your server". Please read this newsgroup post:
http://groups.google.com/groups?q=how+to+full+system+restore+veritas&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&selm=ePtJZrAsCHA.2448%40TK2MSFTNGP09&rnum=3

about the why you have to backup the system state (read this):
http://www.jsiinc.com/SUBE/tip2000/rh2003.htm
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Here is a great page that you should read about alot of "how to".. I used it a couple of times.
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I do have the disaster recover agent. Their tech support told me not to use it with exchange server though, is this correct?
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Also I was under the impression that you couldn't use ghost to image raided drives. Is this incorrect?
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I never had to do it with an exchange server, I would call them back to know exactly why you cannot do it.. I do not understand why you couldn't
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