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best pratice on backing up a 2003 DC

I would like to know the best practice for backing up a DC.  The Global Catalogue,dns,dhcp, etc.  I have backup exec 10d.  I was looking at there intelligent disaster recovery option.  any thoughsts
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bpopola
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bpopola
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Klint_turneyCommented:
well the best would be something like Veritis...  But you can always use the one that is built into 2003 / 2000 and make a automated backup I would do a daily  and then a normal every weekend or so... How many DC's do you have and how many are GC's

Thanks,
Klint
MCSE 2003
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi bpopola,

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/DROpsGuide/5972e4af-752e-4d70-828a-c04c87b0727e.mspx?mfr=true

We Currently use Backup exec 9.5 ( i think) and its not bad, although as yet we havent had to to do a system state restore..... got lucky i guess

NTBackup provides you with basic backup solutions but your best using your exec suite

Veritas Disaster recovery is a way of making life a bit simpler but i dont know if its worth spending the extra money...
http://eval.veritas.com/mktginfo/products/White_Papers/Data_Protection/bews_91_idr_wp.pdf


Cheers!
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bilbusCommented:
You need to backup the systemstate. This can be done with NT backup or Backup exec
It will backup the registry and all of Active directory/GC (If server is a AD/GC server)

Make sure your server is a GC, it is not be default unless it was the first AD server installed.

I like to make a system state backup daily, and one weekly. This way you always have 2 backups.

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