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Emergency Repiar Disks - Windows 2003 Server

I understand that with Windows 2003 Server the ERD has been replaced with ASR. It looks like I can only make a ASR disk if I make a backup of the system at the same time.  I do not want to backup the server with the built in Windows Backup utility. I use Veritas Backup Exec 10d for that. Do I need an ASR disk in case of an emergency, would it do me any good to have one if I do not have a BKF file created by Windows Backup. Is there a way to make the ASR disk without creating the BKF file at the same time. I know that with older versions of Windows servers recommeded keeping updated versions of  ERDsin case of a server crash.
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Hi TimSharpe02118,

Backup EXec DOES have an option that you can purchase with Backup Exec called Intelligent Disaster Recovery Option that leverages Windows ASR technology and takes Windows Backup out of the picture...


just as jss1199 says...

Although with BE you really don't NEED the IDR option...it's just nice.

Without it, a full restore from a crashed system means setting up the server like it was RAID wise, installing the OS, then the BE agent, then restoring from backup.

With the IDR option, you can essentially boot from tape and restore everything.

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