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Disaster recovery tips for Domain controller when Exchange is present?

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Hi guys,

I'm putting together a backup solution for our servers.

We have 1x server which is the dedicated domain controller and fileserver running Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition.

Another server is a dedicated Microsoft Exchange server running Windows Server 2008 R2 standard edition.

We currently use Crashplan for our backups, but it makes file-based backups only. It does not do bare-metal system images. It DOES use VSS to make a snapshot of the files it backs up so it will get all the open files, but they don't claim that it can make full images of the system and infact it skips the C:\Windows directory entirely.

If we lost the domain controller for some reason, how would be go about restoring from backup?

It's a small server, only 5-8 users, so reinstalling the OS and recreating the domain from scratch isn't a big deal... but I assume would detrimentally affect Exchange Server...?
Cyrill Reiser
Director of IT

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