?
Solved

Can Server 2008 do an ASR backup

Posted on 2009-05-03
5
Medium Priority
?
1,554 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have several customers that use Backup Exec System Recovery for server imaging as a DR solution. I trust that it is a good program. Unfortunatly, I also have customers that do not have the budget for BESR.
In an effort to find a good solution for server imaging, I was wondering if Server 2008 can do an ASR backup and recovery like the 2003 server can? I know this is not actual imaging but is another solution. Otherwise, what would be a good imaging solution that is less than BESR. I can get BESR through Symantec for around $460 so it would need to be considerably less than that to make it worth the change.
Thanks in advance.
0
Comment
Question by:TcAnthony
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 58

Accepted Solution

by:
tigermatt earned 2000 total points
ID: 24293467

Using Windows Server Backup, the tool can be used to create a full system image of all the volumes on the server. Microsoft have made it arguably easier to restore an entire server from a Windows Server Backup, compared to ASR in previous versions of Windows.

In the event you needed to restore, you would boot from the Windows Server media and launch the Windows Recovery Environment. This would then allow you to use the backup you made in Windows Server Backup to recover the whole server or just the system volumes.

See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc755163.aspx.

-Matt
0
 

Author Comment

by:TcAnthony
ID: 24295194
Thanks for the reply, Matt. Do I have to do anything special when I create the backup to create an image? There doesn't seem to be any options when using the new 2008 server backup.
0
 
LVL 58

Expert Comment

by:tigermatt
ID: 24295322

Windows Server Backup handles it all for you. You simply need to configure the backup to do a Full Server backup, and it will be ready to be used in a restore if ever necessary.

-Matt
0
 

Author Comment

by:TcAnthony
ID: 24296912
Are there any inexpensive imaging sofware solutions that can be purchased that will work for 2003 and 2008?
0
 
LVL 58

Expert Comment

by:tigermatt
ID: 24297010

If you are looking for a true imaging suite, the Acronis suite of products are the only rock solid ones which I would recommend. The benefits to Acronis are many - but the neatest one is the ability to restore to virtually any hardware.

You will need to get the Server version, don't forget. http://www.acronis.com/

-Matt
0

Featured Post

What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Introduction At 19:33 (UST) on Tuesday 21st September the long awaited email arrived with the subject title of “ANNOUNCING THE AVAILABILITY OF WINDOWS SBS 7 PREVIEW”.  It was time to drop whatever I was doing and dedicate as much bandwidth as possi…
If you are a user of the discontinued Microsoft Office Accounting 2008 (MSOA) and have to move to a new computer running Windows 8, you will be unhappy to discover that it won't install.  In particular, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (SSE…
NetCrunch network monitor is a highly extensive platform for network monitoring and alert generation. In this video you'll see a live demo of NetCrunch with most notable features explained in a walk-through manner. You'll also get to know the philos…
In this video, Percona Director of Solution Engineering Jon Tobin discusses the function and features of Percona Server for MongoDB. How Percona can help Percona can help you determine if Percona Server for MongoDB is the right solution for …

777 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question