Backup Exec 12.5

Hello all.

I have a customer with backup exec 12.5 they have 6 servers and 100 workstations.
I am preparing for Disaster Recovery however It tells me I can not create a IDR disc because the machine I am attempting to backup is not the same OS as the media server??? So if I have a mixed environment(which I do) how would I create a restore disc using only one media server?

Second question is lets say my exchange server dies and I need to get it rebuilt Is there a cd i insert and then that will allow me to select what I want to restore from media server?

I have searched the admin manual for disater recovery cd/dvd and it is unclear to me the procedure.

I am new to backup exec so please excuse my lack of knowledge on subject.
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chalky71Connect With a Mentor Commented:
You need to run the IDR Configuration Wizard first, to set the path where all the .DR files will be created.  Then, run your backups, you should see .DR files created in the path you specified.  

Then you can run the IDR Prep Wizard (I think you ran this already) to created the CDs or tapes.

See Admin Guide, page 1539.

Cheers.
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
I've been using Backup Exec for many years, probably since it was Seagate and was never able to get IDR to work correctly with many hours of support.  A suggestion, perhaps not the answer is to use Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery module which will make an image and allow you not only to recover but recover onto different hardware.

They used to have the module for this, not sure if 12.5 has it or it's a strictly a stand alone product these days.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
My understanding of Recovery CD was that Symantec creates universal boot CD that you boot the machine from and then restore from backup image located either on local or network drive. At least this is the basis of all backup & recovery solutions all over the world. Did they invent anything new?
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chalky71Commented:
I posted a step-by-step answer and gave a page reference to the official documentation.
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