VMWare ESXi as disaster recovery for Exchange 2007 with iSCSI
Posted on 2009-04-21
ok let me try to explain this.
We have multiple servers in our organization. We are trying to develop a disaster recovery plan that incorporates VMWare ESXi. The server that we are concerned about is our Exchange 2007 server. Our exchange database/datastore is situated on our iSCSI SAN and appears locally under c:\data volume\... We want to use Symantec System Recovery 8.5 with granular option to backup this server. The reason we want to do this is because we can convert our backup to a VM in the event of a disaster and load it on our ESXi server.
Here are my questions...
1- When we do a backup with SSR 8.5 will it include the c:\data volume directory as being local even though it's on the SAN? will the VM work with the local data once restored?
2- Other scenario, if we restore our Exchange server to VM can we connect to the iSCSI and point back to our Exchange datastore on it? If so, would I only need to add a iSCSI compatible card to my ESXi server?
3- If users have their Outlook opened when Exchange crashes (and cached mode is turned on). If we restore an older copy of the exchange datastore will the new e-mails on the users workstation get synchronized back to Exchange or do they simply stay in their OST files locally?