Disaster Recovery

Can you guys please tell me what would be the best way to test a full back up done in a Server 2003-2008? How to do a full recovery? Will you perform the full recovery test on a workstation?. I have WINDOWS BACKUP or I also use Veritas Backup exec.

Please advise.
chenzoviccAsked:
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SysExpertConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Best way is in a lab environment, perhaps using a virtual machine ( ESXi Host as an example )

You do not want to do this on your production LAN.

I hope this helps !
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chenzoviccAuthor Commented:
O.K. I have a VIRTUAL LAB  but if I am backing up a SERVER and I want to restore it to a virtual XP PRO, is that O.K.?

Thanks
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SysExpertConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Not really. You need to create an empty VM for your specific OS usually, and then restore.

What type oF VM  are you using

VMware
Hyper-V
XEn .....

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chenzoviccAuthor Commented:
VMware
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
You can virtualize the image and create new VMware machine from this image. Does your backup solution provide options to transfer the veritas backup image into vmdk or vhd file?
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ComputerBeastConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You can use any of these Windows Backup or Veritas Backup. Both are good.
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TristanIT ManagerCommented:
Which Backup Exec suite are you using and what version?
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chenzoviccAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys
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