Disaster recovery and w2k server

Posted on 2005-03-06
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Last Modified: 2013-12-04
I am trying to set out a disaster recovery proceedure.

On our live server we have w2k server , veritas backup exec and a dds4 drive. I have a full data backup and a 'system' backup. (Veritas has a 'System' backup option which seems to grab the registry and so forth.

I have a standby server off site. It is different hardware, motherboard etc from the live server though it has w2k installed and Veritas.

How do i ensure that i restore Active Directory, the DNS service , the dhcp service etc as well as the data? Can i do this with the 'system' tape?

Question by:shimshun
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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Your going to have problems with any kind of system state restore that isn't to the SAME hardware.  If you want a true DR plan, start with identical hardware.

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Thanks for this comment. Possibly not what i wanted to hear but never mind! I suppose i should suck it and see what happens

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by:Lee W, MVP
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If the hardware is minimally different, give it a shot, but most of the time, a system state restore to different hardware results in blue screens of death with little hope of recovery.

But also, with any good DR plan, TEST it.  Just make sure the "recovery" server isn't a part of your LAN or you'll end up with SID/AD problems if you haven't REALLY lost the server.

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