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Mirror image solution for Microsoft Windows Server 2003

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I have a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for Small Business Server with Service Pack 2.  I want to have a mirror image of this system running in case of failure.  Can you suggest what hardware, software is needed to accomplish this?
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by:Randy Downs
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You could use a RAID 1 mirror. That gives you duplicate disks in case one fails.
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by:Randy Downs
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If you have a vendor just tell them that you want to add a RAID 1 to your server. You might also check to see it it's already installed. With RAID 1 it appears to be a single disk.
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by:Randy Downs
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This is a writeup on RAID1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323432
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by:KCTS
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You can't have a 'duplicate' server since you can only have one SBS server.

You could however have a second Standard server which could be an additional DC and you could use DFS to keep duplicate copies of the data.

another alternative would be to use Acronis to make a image of your system http://www.acronis.com/backup-recovery/server-windows/
onto a backup drive
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by:foxhelp
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The client does not want to touch the original system.  Is there software that can run on server and then have it mirror to another server?
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by:KCTS
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by:d0ughb0y
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I was also going to suggest Double-Take (not trying to horn in on the credits, though.) That's what it's designed to do.
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shahzoor earned 500 total points
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you can use acronis echo enterprise server to create the image of the server. You wont touch the server after setting up the imaging schedule, either full backup daily or incremental backups after creating and initial image.
Acronis comes in with an excellent feature called Universal Restore, so hardware is not an issue.
In case of disaster you can deploy the image of a server to any workstation immediately without loosing anything
I tried it on windows advanced server 2000 having ORACLE database and it worked on a simple machine which wasn't a server even :)
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by:d0ughb0y
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But the Acronis software is really just an image-backup system. It won't give you a near-real-time actual running failover server. Double-Take will. In my old Novell days, there was a product that did the same thing - wish I remembered what it was called...

The other thing you might want to consider is using a VMWare solution, which will enable you to have the "server" wherever you need it to be.
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by:shahzoor
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@d0ughb0y
It depends how the tasks are scheduled and what kind of applications are running. Not all the time you need real time backups. Then RAID will be there in place as well.

You can define tasks to run after every two hours as incremental backups or hourly or 30 mins backups etc........ all sort of options are there.
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by:pgm554
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Simplest thing to do would be to pick up something like CMS Enhancements

http://www.cmsproducts.com/products/204-bounceback-server-backup-solution.aspx

and have a hot server as standby.
If you have a HW failure,you unplug the backup unit and plug it into the spare server and boot the external drive.
No HAL issues or nagging to reactivate.

As for the Netware solution,it was Standby Server from Caminosoft.
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by:foxhelp
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Thanks, I researched Acronis and it will work for me.
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by:KCTS
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Mmm - I believe I mentioned this several posts ago (36561287)
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by:d0ughb0y
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@Shahzoor - You're correct about that. It seemed to me that @foxhelp was looking for a mirrored-server solution, for high-availability. The Acronis backup won't do that; Double-Take will. But apparently, you understood what he wanted better than I did. :)
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by:foxhelp
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Sorry about that.  KCTS did have the answer originally.
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