What is the best software to use for a bare-metal restore of a Windows 2000 or 2003 server?
My office is looking for a way to minimize downtime in case our primary domain controller and file server goes down. We'd like to back up everything to external USB hard drives which can be taken offsite. Then if the RAID dies we'd like to be able to boot off a CD, run a restore from one of the USB drives, and bring the server back up without having to reinstall the OS, reinstall apps, and reconfigure everything.
Right now we're using Veritas Backup Exec to do daily backups. We could buy the Intelligent Disaster Recovery module, but I've heard people have had problems with it.
I've been looking at Acronis TrueImage Server. It looks like it could do what we need. Is this a good choice? Is it flexible enough for different scenarios? For instance, if the server were completely destroyed could we set up a different server and restore just the data from the disaster recovery backup set? We probably wouldn't be able to restore the whole OS on different hardware.
Is there any other software we should consider?