How to run a good windows server 2003 mirror

Posted on 2007-07-29
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
We run 2 windows 2003 servers in a co location hosting setup, and want to mirror these servers someplace else. Its not important to have a "live" mirror, but something that can be automatically maintained. The idea is to recover quickly if there is a hardware failure.

The mirror can be in the same cabinet as the production machines. Its important that all changes made to the production machine get copied over to the mirror, and not just file changes. Eg, if a new website is created in IIS, the mirror needs to reflect that. Its not important for this change to be immediate, but within a couple of days.

Any recommendations? I have looked at Acronis, and it looks appealing.
Question by:kavorka
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    i am a fan of acronis for most things.....i think there will be a lot more hands on jobs for you too do if you take that path....if you want automated and reliable look at this

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    thanks for your reply Jay_Jay70. Have you had direct experience with doubletake?

    Yeah, acronis does sound like it would involve some manual effort in setting up things correctly. Their products are not meant for automated failover, rather they are more for good reliable backups be it data or a server image. Would you agree?


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