Exchange 2007 test environment and disaster recovery

Posted on 2011-05-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
We currently have a VM ware setup that houses an exchange 2007 server VM.  We have a third party that provides back up services for us through an onsite, disk to disk server.  I brought disaster recovery testing and he said that the server could be brought online via a backup, but for obvious reasons couldn't be brough up in our current network (which makes sense, since the introduction of the duplicate machine would obviously break something).  What then is the best way to go about testing?  What would we have to accomplish or do in a test environment to bring the VM machine online safely to make sure backups are working as they should be?  Thank you.
Question by:LB1234
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    Create an indentical test environment or DR Lab on your virtual infrastructure, you could use VMware Converter Standalone to Convert Exsiting Production Machines as virtual machines.

    All you would need is One or Two Domain Controllers and a Workstation to test DR, and make sure you create a special Internal Network or Lab Network for testing, in your VMware ENvironment, so create a Test Virtual Machine port group, and have all the servers that you a require connected.
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    If you can post the design else below are the two thing we can test for DR.

    1) If it is a cluster evn, test the failover clustering whether it is working properly and how much time it is taking from this process.

    2) Restoring the database to RSG and test whether backup is working fine.

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