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My organization has a few servers, but the idea is that all of which would be destroy in the event of a fire, or a flood. There for what I'm asking is there any surprises that I should know about in the event that this should occur? I mean we have full backup daily, running around the clock. We currently employ IBM ULTRIUM-TD3 LTO3 and TANBERG LTO2 tape drives. In the event that total server loss we would have to purchase new tape drives as well as servers. I know both those drives are sold, but in the event that the drives were not the originals, would I encounter any problems restore, and reusing those tapes? A friend told me with a certain model of tapes you could restore the data, but you could not over write it with a new tape drive? Apparently the tape mfg gave him two options which were sending the tape back to them and they would replace it or degauss the tape? I found that strange. Anyway this made me think hard about the fact I've never had a total server loss before. One thing that scared me was we currently have Backup Exec 11, but we do not have the media. We could obtain the newer version of Backup Exec, but if we did would there be any problems restoring Exchange or data? Any tips or inside information anyone can give me in the event this was to happen?
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Hi,

I presently look after the backups in our company and we have had tape drives replaced on occassions.  I have not come across a problem where the data can not be restored with Backup Exec using another tape drive.

Have considered having a DR site to perform test restores etc?
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"Have considered having a DR site to perform test restores etc?"

I've been pushing for a DR Plan. What I am suggesting as I can't get the money out of the budget is to replace the servers 1 by 1 as they are nearing a 4 year life spam or more. I want to purchase new servers, perform a DR offsite and swap out the servers at that time. That it likely going to happen for at least 1 server at a time, but not too soon unfortunetly. At that time I will likely make the old server an emergency server.
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