I am a windows guy whos just had an AIX 5.1 IBM eServer p5 550 (risc processor) system dumped in my lap to support.
Although the drives on this IBM eServer are mirrored, Im very concerned about backup & recovery.
Id like to use a tool like Acronis to boot from CD, and snapshot the drives to an external or network drive.
Im just at the beginning stages of this project, so I dont even know basic things yet like if the same boot cd that works with intel processors will work with IBM RISC (Im guessing not).
I only have one of these servers, which is the production box, so being a non unix guy, I dont want to install software in production just to create the boot cd which is essentially the process under acronis/windows.
I should mention we are a VMware shop, so if I could p2v the aix 5.1 unix server, then run it virtually, maybe that might provide some interesting options for backup as well (although I dont know the vendor of this stand-a-lone system will support it running in a vm).
Also: are there any gotchas or issues when restoring an image backup in this environment? I think in Vista, Ive heard of some shocking horror-stories on image restores.
Any thoughts would be very much appreciated,