Backup Exec 12.5 or earlier Virtual Restore/Dissimilar hardware
Posted on 2009-02-20
At my company we are lucky enough to not have to do a lot of restores for our clients. However, we do run into the situation every once in a while. We currently have a client who's server was stolen. It was a Windows 2003 R2 SP2 server on a Dell PE2900 with an LTO3 tape drive running Backup Exec 12.5.The server was the only server at the client site so it did everything, SQL, DC, File Server, backups, etc. When the server was stolen we attempted to use one of the backup tapes and another tape drive to restore to a provisioned VMware ESXi virtual server. Things did not go so well. The restore went fine but the server just would never boot correctly. Is this just a symptom we will have to get used to when restoring ANY system? Or is this a domain controller specific issue? I know that DCs have special restore criteria than other systems. Has anyone done this successfully with ANY server using Backup Exec (any version?