we've recently acquired a client who has an HP storageworks as their main backup solution. The client has a Win 2003 SBS domain controller with 5 clients, however all documents and data files are stored on the server so the workstations aren't part of the backup schedule. The DC is installed on a HP proliant.
What I'm after is an approach to verify if these backups are being performed properly (apart from checking the job status screen in Data Protector Express) and also how effective they'd be in light of a full blown disaster (eg.place burns down and all we have is a copy of the offsite backup). Ideally we'd like to do this offsite so we don't interfere with the clients' production system.
Some of the issues I'm curious about:
- Can the domain controller be recovered onto a blank machine from the offsite backup alone, or will the base operating system and applications need to be reinstalled first?
- Can the domain controller be recovered to a different machine (ie. not a proliant)? Something like a high powered workstation or even to a virtual server space?
- Are there any extra software packages (eg. imaging software) we can use to make the above two scenarios possible? Or does the HP Storageworks and/or Windows Backup provide these capabilities already?
- Minimum lab hardware setup to properly test all this
The main aims we'd like to come out of this:
- create a platform to evaluate and revise our backup methodology
- have a tried and tested method of procedure for the clients' distaster or data recovery
thanks for your time