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Is my Veritas backup good enough?

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Hello,

I want to ensure that I have a complete backup incase of any hardware failure on my Domain controller. I am user Windows Server 2003 as my DC and I have Veritas installed on another server performing backups for my DC. Currently I have Veritas backing up the complete diskdrive of my server. Is there anything else I should be doing to ensure a quick recovery incase of any disaster? By doing a complete backup of my drive will this also backup Registery and SAM, etc.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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You need to make sure you are backing up the SYSTEM STATE - that's the key info.
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I've been able to restore Windows and active directory just backing up that set of data - the system state.  And make sure your system state is at no more than 2 months old - you should get one every week.  They become virtually useless, especially for DCs if they are older than 60 days.
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is that something Veritas does? or do I have to create a system state from my server and then have Veritas backup the file it creates?
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If veritas is installed correctly (and possibly licensed correctly) you should see a checkbox of things to backup for System State right below the checkbox to backup the C: and D: and E: and etc.
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Typical System State Backups are between 225 and 400 MB (but if you have a large AD it could be bigger)
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