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Best disaster recovery software for active directory and 2003 servers

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We are currently using Backup exec to backup up data to tape, I also want a disaster recovery software to backup active directory controllers and other 2003 servers. For the purpose of getting the server back up exactly the way it was to the same machine or a diffrent machine. Can anyone suggest something they have used?
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by:lloydclinton
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When asking for an opinion the word best is very subjective. :)  Are you wanting to back up physical boxes or virtual servers?
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physical boxes for server 2003 and 2008
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And you want a 1 to 1 copy ??
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by:snusgubben
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We used HP Data Protector and have moved over to Tivoli. Both are good, but I always like to dump a System State to disk just to feel safer.

...or a diffrent machine

This is not just straight forward restoring to different HAL. There are some additional steps, and they are not bullet proof.
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mostly concerned about the 2 domain controllers and wanted something to restore them to the original state in case of failure. I looked at Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery Server Edition, but not sure if this is what I need.
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by:uescomp
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We use Acronis with universal restore.  It does a full image based backup of your server.  Bare metal restores are very quick and easy and the universal restore enables recovery to different hardware or VMs.  I have used it a couple times to move a dead server over to a new one on different hardware.

http://www.acronis.com
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As long as you have a System state backup (not older then the tombstoned lifetime) of a DC, you can restore the domain. You should also backup the system disk.

With 2003 DCs I always liked NTBackup to restore System state, even if I could do it with i.e. HP Data Protector.
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by:Shaik M. Sajid
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desaster recovery setup

if u r talking about the domain controller the backup domain at remote site is i think sufficient...with active direcotory integrated zones of dns.

for other servers there are many ways like clustering..... ( cluster server for SQL i.e)

third party cheap and best acronis true image from  http://www.acronis.com/  

all the best
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