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How would I create a disaster recovery plan for a Windows Server 2003 that is using a RAID 0 array

Posted on 2006-11-28
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Hi Experts,

I was not able to create a clone with norton ghost due to the array. Can you recomend a disaster recovery soluion for this server so that in the event of a crash or fire we can get this machine up and running in very little time.

The capacity of the drives are 160GB (80 GB + 80GB)

Thank you.

Leon
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If you use a later version of Ghost like ver 9, it should handle RAID arrays, as will Acronis True Image.  Since this is a RAID-0 array, you may be able to create a mirror of it to produce a RAID 0+1 array, which will keep you running in the event of a single disk failure, but it is no substitute for a full backup.
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Why would you want to use RAID 0 on a production file server?

Is the time required to rebuild the server along with the lost data and business downtime less than the cost of a 80 gb IDE disk?
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To limit downtime because of a fire would require that you have a second server standing by.  If you have a second server standing by, you should configure its drives in either raid 1 or raid 1+0 (www.raid.com has an educational resource that explains the advantages a disadvantages of the various RAID types)  Raid 0 is not a suitable configuration where loss of data is a very bad thing.

Depending on what your server does, you might be able to use DFS to provide for service availability if one server goes down if this is a fileserver.  Do you have win2k3 R2?

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norton ghost wasn't able to create an image due to your windows server version, coz it's simply doesn't support it. as for me i'm acronis fan, and i love acronis, and in our office we use True Image Server for Windows to backup windows server versions:

http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/ATISWin/
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by:LeonHeyns
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Thank you experts.

We are aborting the disaster recovery plan. We are doing online backups for the critical data and will just load the OS if somthing hectic happens.

Thank you for you help and time.

Leon
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