Restoring to Dissimilar Hardware Using BackupExec
Posted on 2006-06-13
A specific problem leads to on specific and one general question:
Problem: We performed our annual disaster recovery test, and had several server-related problems. Win Server 2003 SP1, Backup Exec, LTO drives, RAID arrays. Our "home" server hardware is Dell PowerEdge. Recovery center has IBM 365s. Full backups. Outcome: On some servers (not all), after system state restore, server went into never-ending reboot cycle, dying while loading the file: acpitabl.dat.
All sorts of fixes suggested by the recovery center personnel/google searches failed to solve the problem, but we suspect that, since we didn't have this specific problem last year, that it is related to SP1 and dissimilar hardware.
Specific question: Anyone have any idea what went wrong, and how to fix it?
General question: Are we crazy attempting to do a full restore from Backup Exec on to completely different hardware? Should we ONLY be backing up data, then manually restoring the OS, installing and configuring the applications, then restoring the data?