Offline server in Exchange 2003 / Disater recovery Testing
Posted on 2006-07-13
Was after a bit of advice about how I can repaet what i did with 5.5 now I have moved on and got 2003
Basically, we had Exchange 5.5 and we backup every night to tape. As a test, We created a replica server, same name, settings etc. But on different older hardware. This server was seperate from the network. But what we could do is take a tape from the production server and restore it onto this replica to test it was working. The replica was there for worst case scenario of the production server failing with a problem. It could then just drop onto the network and take over until production server was fixed.
Question is how can I achive this in Exchange 2003 in a 2003 AD. My test server will not be same hardware as production so Ghosting isnt really a option as would get BSOD.