Imaging Server

Posted on 2007-08-01
Last Modified: 2013-11-14
I need your professional opinion on imaging 2 servers.
SBS2003 running Exchange, AD, backup exec
Windows 2003 64 bit edition running SQL, IIS

I would like to image both servers including the operating system and store the image on external HD, ones every 6 month, and if a disaster happens i should be able to install it to different machine with different hardware.
My current backup software is Symantec backup exec 10d,
I have heard that Acronis software or ShadowProtect have this ability, can you please give your thoughts about this or about the software mentioned above.

Question by:wade2000
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    Use the IDR option in Backup Exec
    Intelligent disaster recovery enables you to create a bootable Server specific image and also automatically updates whenever you perform a full backup

    The Symantec Backup Exec for Windows Servers Intelligent Disaster Recovery Option
    (IDR) enables you to quickly and efficiently recover Windows computers after a hard
    drive failure. The IDR wizards guide you in preparing for disaster recovery and in
    recovering a local or remote computer to its pre-disaster state.
    Before you can recover computers, you must prepare for a disaster by performing the
    1. On the media server, use the IDR Configuration Wizard to specify a location where a
    copy of the computer-specific disaster recovery file (*.dr file, where the asterisk
    represents the name of the computer being protected) will be stored.
    2. Run full backups of the hard drives on the computers to be protected. Include System
    State for Windows 2000 and Windows XP computers, and Shadow Copy Components
    for Windows 2003 computers. Do not exclude any files from the full backups;
    otherwise the *.dr file will not be created.
    3. Run the IDR Preparation Wizard to create bootable media for each computer.
    The IDR Configuration Wizard guides you through setting an alternate data path for
    the *.dr file. The default data path for the *.dr file is on the media servers hard drive,
    but Symantec recommends that you specify an alternate data path to store another
    copy of the *.dr file in case the media servers hard drive is damaged.
    Backup Exec creates the *.dr file during a full backup and stores it in the default and
    alternate storage locations. Catalog entries from subsequent backups are added to
    the *.dr file as these backups are completed.
    The IDR Preparation Wizard guides you through the preparation of the bootable
    media that you use to recover protected computers. The IDR Preparation Wizard also
    lets you copy the *.dr file to a diskette.

    After you have performed these steps for each computer you want to protect, you are
    prepared to recover those computers using any of the following recovery methods:
      Restore a media server (Backup Exec server) using a locally attached storage device.
      Restore a media server (Backup Exec server) using a remote backup-to-disk folder.
      Restore a Windows computer by moving the media and the storage device to the
    computer being restored, and then restoring the computer through the locally
    attached storage device.
      Restore a remote Windows computer using a network connection to the media server

    More information is available in the Backup Exec Admin Guide
    Help>Administrators Guide in the BE console
    Symantec Backup Exec (tm) 10d for Windows Servers Administrator's Guide (English)
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    Accepted Solution

    Both solutions are good.
    You should be able to get an Eval for 30-60 days of either to test.

    I hope this helps !
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    Assisted Solution

    You cannot use the IDR to restore on a different hardware platform, the Backup Exec product to do that is called BE System Recovery Server Edition (or SBS edition).

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