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How do I run a disaster recovery backup of a NT 4.0 server using Arcserve 11.5?

I am trying to run a disaster recovery backup of a NT 4.0 server. When I attempt to backup this server the 'system state' does not show up so I cannot run a full system backup required for the DR. I've tried installing the Arcserve agents on the NT server but the 'system state' option is still not available. I also tried running a full backup of this server without the system state but this does not allow me to use the DR option. Any help is appreciated.

BTW...We are using Arcserve 11.5 SP4.
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rindiCommented:
I don't think you will be able to use Arcserve for this, at least not a newer version like you are using. As far as I know in order to get a "System-State" backup, the system must be Volume Shadow Copy capable, and that wasn't yet known with NT.

NT had some way of saving system info on Disaster Recovery Diskettes, I don't remember the name of that option though, or how you started it and whether it really saves all necessary info.

I'd use a software that you boot off CD or Floppy to create an image of the system, a tool like bootit-ng should do fine:

http://terabyteunlimited.com/
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dovidmichelCommented:
Setup a job to backup the whole system via the client agent.
The client agent will collect and send the dr info to the ARCserve server.
Under the ARCserve home directory will be a DR directory for each system backed up.
Refer to the DR Option manual for instruction on creating a dr disk for the system.

That said with NT 4 it is often easier to just do a parallel install of Windows.

The big question in my mind is why would you want a DR for such an old system.

The DR option is not intended to be used as a migration tool. So if you are looking to move the OS and all to a new server don't.

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nexicoreAuthor Commented:
I am trying to run a DR for this system because it has old financial data that still needs to be accessed by our Finance group. The hardware is continuously failing and since the server is obsolete it is nearly impossible to find replacement hardware to keep this server running. Another issue is that this server is at another location so we want to be able to house the server here at our main office.

We were going to run a DR and convert this server into a Virtual Server. I was able to do this successfully with a Win2K server but of course I had the system state option with that server so it was very simple to do.

I tried to apply the backup agent to the NT server and it failed. I'll attempt a full backup anyway and see if it's available as a DR option.

I'll also take a look at the bootit-ng software or if you have any other suggestions on how we can convert this server into a NT server it would be appreciated.

I'll keep you posted.
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nexicoreAuthor Commented:
Sorry! That last line should have read, if you have any suggestions on how we can convert this NT server into a Virtual server it would be appreciated.
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rindiCommented:
VMware has a tool with which can convert real OS's into Virtual Machines (VMware Converter).
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dovidmichelCommented:
OK so it is not the server you need but the financial data. Why not focus just on that.

Check for an update to the financial application and install that at your new virtual system and then just export the data from the old install and import at the new.

If you do want to stick with the DR plan you need to get the client agent installed. Try copying the install over and run it local via remote desktop.

Unless your new virtual server will be hardware identical to the old you still may not be able to get DR to work for you, again it is not a migration tool. But it will be easier if the boot volume is on a generic IDE disk. If the boot volume is on a SCSI controller then you got a problem because the DR restore will be setup to use that same controller and hence the restored system will not be able to book. One way around this is to install the driver for the new system on the old system and then back it up. That way the backup of the old system will have the driver needed at the new system and it might work. That said you very will may have a problem since we are working with a very old system that probably will not have a driver available for it that will work for the new system. No I just don't see how a DR from such an old system to a new virtual system can work. I think migration is your only option.
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nexicoreAuthor Commented:
I'm going to try the full system backup one last time but didn't think about the driver problem until you mentioned it in your post. I've already started to look into migration utilities since that seems to be the best solution.

Thank you for your assistance.
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