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Backup Solution minimum downtime

Last Modified: 2013-12-01
Hi All

I would like your expert advise regarding  the following scenario.
We have a customer with 5 servers, all running DC,EXCHANGE,SQL etc... respectively
Lately we had a completely failure on our exchange server and thank God we had a recent conversion of that server on our ESXi server which we use for this purpose. Unfortuantely the image was 2 weeks old so we had some difficult time until we bring back all emails, that cost time and money to the customer.
Now the customer liked the idea of ESX server and is asking of some kind of backup/fault tolerance/DR solution that will bring back any server in case of failure in no more than an hour.It can either be the same physical or virtual machine. He is asking if we can implement such as scenario using an automated conversion or backup system for our servers and that it will cost no more than 5000 euros.

My idea was to propose to the customer to buy Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 2010 starter kit that gives 5 server and 10 desktop agents. The idea is that symantec BESR will backup all servers on a daily basis on external hdds and then convert automatically those images to a server running Vsphere ESX licensed version.In this scenario when a physical server dies i can immediatelly turn on the virtual machine that was converter last night from BESR. I tried this scenario using trial versions of BESR and vsphere but it never worked.When BESR is performing the conversion a "very general error" pops up saying that BESR cannot covert the snapshot due to either disk space, network errors,privileges etc. I am 100% sure that none of these are the cause of the problem. Reading many forums regarding this error i ended up thinking that symantec is advertising a product that can do something which in reality i dont think it can do.

I am open for suggestions,solutions,advices and anything else you can think of as a solution according to this budget....

Thank you

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