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Imaging Server with Raid

Hi guys,

I have a questions. We inherited a server that has not be patched for almost 2 years. We want to make an image of the Drive for a backup in the case anything should go wrong (great chance).

The server has full and incremental backups including system state, daily (inc) and Fridays (full). The server is also on a Raid 5.

Any ideas the best method to create the full image in case anything were to happen? I was thinking of moving with Acronis/Ghost or Livestate.

Thanks
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residentsCommented:
I was able to use Acronis universal restore to backup a server and restore it onto a physically separate machine entirely and implement it back into place. I would easily recommend them for making a backup image.
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nexxsupportAuthor Commented:
Were you running any RAID? My concern is the RAID. Do we need to break the RAID first? Can we just simply pop in the CD and continue the imaging process.
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ChiefTechGuruCommented:
You can definitely use server version of Acronis (which includes Universal Restore), or Shadow Protect to backup your server before making any hardware changes.  Backup to an external drive or network share, and you'll be set.  
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residentsCommented:
You definitely do NOT need to touch the array. You back it up as-is and then proceed forward from there.
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Livestate doesn't care about the fact your server uses RAID and I use Livestate on my servers (using RAID) and my customers servers also using RAID - so don't worry - just image away.
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ChiefTechGuruCommented:
Sorry, did not mean to imply that anything needed to be done to hardware.
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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
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BITCoolerCommented:
I've used Symantec Backup Exec 2010 System Recovery

http://www.symantec.com/business/backup-exec-system-recovery-server-edition

Works very well and I image a MS Small Business Server 2003 Premium installed on a RAID 5.
It can to a HOT image without taking down the server to do it and Is VSS aware.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Look this article: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Backup_Restore/A_2569-Migration-to-dissimilar-hardware-How-to-migrate-to-new-hardware-without-OS-reinstallation.html
It works with your configuration without any problem. And RAID is also not a problem. Does complete Drive backup, migration to dissimilar hardware, virtualization, backup to various storages, Cyclic Backup feature etc etc.
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