Solved

looking for Server continuity solution

Posted on 2012-04-09
8
283 Views
Last Modified: 2016-10-27
I am looking for Server continuity solution, so in case the physical server fail, I can get it back and running in minutes. This is a SMB environment. so there is only 1 physical SBS server with exchange, DC, DNS, etc.
0
Comment
Question by:okamon
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 3
8 Comments
 
LVL 95

Accepted Solution

by:
Lee W, MVP earned 400 total points
ID: 37826216
In my opinion you're looking for a BDR (Backup/Disaster Recovery) Device or service.  There are many providers available, but I've implemented HeroWare's product line at my clients that wanted one.

Keep in mind, such solutions are NOT cheap and often require a monthly maintenance fee.  If you do the math, you determine how much each hour of downtime is worth to you - if your business lives and dies with the server, you NEED a BDR and the cost should not be an issue.  If you're business gets a couple dozen e-mails per day and only works on a few documents here and there, then it's probably not worth the expense.
0
 

Author Comment

by:okamon
ID: 37826252
never heard about this company... is it possible to make something similar myself? for example using acronis or vmware
0
 
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 37826267
Possible?  Sure.  Wise?  Not in my opinion.  Are you going to spend months testing it under various scenarios?  And if something doesn't work, who are you going to call to help with it -- this IS important, isn't it, do you want to risk your company on a home made solution?

The idea behind BDR solutions is that they monitor the server constantly and should it fail, you don't lose much if any data because you can bring up the "failed" server on the secondary server.  

I don't know if Acronis will do it.  But BDRs usually use a combination of Virtualization and software like DoubleTake, ShadowProtect, and others (MAYBE Acronis but I've never heard of a BDR that does).  Heroware uses Hyper-V and DoubleTake and when you look at the costs for DoubleTake, their product is actually VERY reasonably priced.
0
The Eight Noble Truths of Backup and Recovery

How can IT departments tackle the challenges of a Big Data world? This white paper provides a roadmap to success and helps companies ensure that all their data is safe and secure, no matter if it resides on-premise with physical or virtual machines or in the cloud.

 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:shahzoor
ID: 37827142
You need Acronis Backup and Restore for Servers
It comes with an excellent feature called universal restore
and with that you can restore image of one server to any available machine within few minutes
so you dont actually need a server in you dont have one readily available
0
 

Author Comment

by:okamon
ID: 37829931
thanks shahzoor. so are you saying if I use Acronis Backup and Restore, I don't really need a BDR?
0
 
LVL 95

Assisted Solution

by:Lee W, MVP
Lee W, MVP earned 400 total points
ID: 37830073
You asked:
I can get it back and running in minutes.

Acronis, as I am familiar with it, is an imaging backup tool.  You WILL NOT get back and running in minutes.  Hours, yes, NOT minutes.  a BDR should get you running again in 5-30 minutes.  A backup/restore solution, depending on how much data you have, will likely take 2-6 hours or more.
0
 

Author Comment

by:okamon
ID: 37840698
thanks leew. I got the point. so it all depends on the time I need to get the server up and running....  

Have you ever tried the StorageCraft or dattobackup? and do you highly recommend HeroWare?
0
 
LVL 95

Assisted Solution

by:Lee W, MVP
Lee W, MVP earned 400 total points
ID: 37841120
I've got Heroware in one client and it works as advertised.  They happily give demos but only sell through partners.  I have seen some presentation of other products - Zenith used to offer a BDR but they changed their offering and now I'm not at all familiar with it.  Axient is another provider (if I'm remembering the name correctly... one consultant I'm acquainted with tried them but now has to ditch them because their solution was a file based solution that failed to backup things that the user account it ran as didn't have permission to.  I've seen some storage craft demo products, but never used it myself.  I've heard of datto but never used them.
0

Featured Post

Migrating Your Company's PCs

To keep pace with competitors, businesses must keep employees productive, and that means providing them with the latest technology. This document provides the tips and tricks you need to help you migrate an outdated PC fleet to new desktops, laptops, and tablets.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Employees depend heavily on their PCs, and new threats like ransomware make it even more critical to protect their important data.
Ransomware continues to grow in reach and sophistication, putting data everywhere at risk. Learn how to avoid being caught in its sinister clutches with these 11 key tips.
This tutorial will walk an individual through locating and launching the BEUtility application to properly change the service account username and\or password in situation where it may be necessary or where the password has been inadvertently change…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of installing of Data Protection Manager on a server running Windows Server 2012 R2, including the prerequisites. Microsoft .Net 3.5 is required. To install this feature, go to Server Manager…

735 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question