bare metal restores? get back up an running faster?
Posted on 2006-03-23
I've run into 2 new clients in the last 2 weeks that had server hard drive failures and we had to rebuild their machines using their restore CD and then restore the data that they fortunately backed up. A straigtforward process, but time consuming - install the OS from the CD, load all the patches that have come out since the CD was made, install drivers for hardware that wasn't on the CD (I would think Dell would build in their drivers on the restore CD without needing the driver CD seperately?!), install the backup software then restore the backup....
It's getting tiresome. Nd you have people in the office waiting to get back up and running.
Is there a way to do a backup so we can do a 'bare metal' restore, I think it's called - I envision booting from a CD / floppy, deal with the drivers for the RAID controller, and simply restore the backup media to the hard drive, reboot and you are back to the time the backup was made. Is that possible? I think that's what ghost can do, at least for XP - not SBS? Any others? Will ghost or others work with hardware raid? I keep reading how you have to do what I've been doing - reinstall the OS, install the backup app then restore from the backup media... that takes time.