Disaster Recovery_best plan for 2003 sbs_reduce down time
Posted on 2006-06-15
- We are trying to figure out the best plan (in addition to a good data backup) that would
reduce downtime in the event that the server fails. we have raid1 setup, but assuming
that a hardware error occurs on the server (( or a problem with the drives/raid)) and we're not able to boot/use the machine ( or the raid/sata drives) until parts arrive.
- If this were 2000server I would just setup a backup server,
Does this option exist from sbs03 server? ( I think clustering is only supported in the Enterprise edition. we're using premium edition small businesss server)
(the box being used is an entry-levey dell powerEdge 1420sc)
- one idea we're kicking around is using a large 3rd sata hdrive in the server, setup one partition bootable with the os, ( the other partition(s) will be the data repository for the backups ) ( this plan would still leave the network down for several hours, and it wouldn't make sense to restore to the same drive? ...only to do another restore later once the hardware issue has been fixed? )
I'm also interested if anyone has a good solution that utilies resonably priced imaging software?
Open to all cost-effective possibilites - boss just wants the new server setup so that downtime is greatly reduced in the event of a major break - ( would also like a way to 'test' the backup/recovery....a drill the boss wants to run once a year or so )