In a Windows SBS 2003 domain, there is a member server, configured with MSSQL Server 2000 in support of a mission critical ERP application. Routinely, the application database is backuped via an Enterprise Manager maintenance plan. Additionally, the master, model and msdb databases are also backuped at the same time.
I am planning to prepare a standby server and would appreciate some ideas and suggestions from experienced quarters. Specifically,
- The standby server computer is of a different hardware configuration - consequently, restoring from an image backup is of limited use.
- Instead, I plan to have MSSQL and the ERP application installed fresh on the standby server, and
- Ready for the most recent database backup available to be restored in a disaster recovery situation.
- Will MSSQL 2000 server configuration be fully restored from just the master, model and msdb databases, in addition to the application database?
- Given the above scenario, are there any other considerations? And gotchas that I should be aware of?
As you can see, it would be weight off my mind once I have got a standby server ready to spring into action, should the need ever arises. Thanks