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Data protector - real world restore

I have data protector 5.50 and I'm worried about it's effectiveness in real world data restoration situations.

Restoring files from file servers and databases are OK, but when it comes to restoring active directory and exchange, I can only restore to the original location and their is no option to restore to a alternate locale.  Needless to say, this doesn't bide well for disaster recovery or setting up lab environments or general recovery procedures (restore to original location button makes me nervous).

Am I missing something or is this just the limitations of the product?  If their are ad ons or upgrades I need to make things easier, please tell me.
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The limitation is with AD and Exchange. With Exchange 5.5/2000 you can only restore mailboxes/full server to a server with the same source name. Therefore, you need to create a new server, with the old name.

With AD, it depends on the controlle in question and whether it has any FSMO roles on it. Also, if you have done an authoritive restore and not. However, generally, you can only restore to a server of the same name due to the data you are restoring onto an AD controller is fundementally server reference information. If you call it something else, then none of the replication links etc will know where to work to.

Generally I don't back up AD controllers at all. If one goes down then I simply create a brand new server, and DSPROMO it into the domain. Job done.

Hope this helps
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