How to restore MS Windows server by using Symantec Backup Exec 2010?

Posted on 2012-08-16
Last Modified: 2012-08-23
This is using Symantec Backup Exec 2010 R3 backup software. I have 2 physical servers, both MS Windows server 2008 R2, that need to be backed up. These 2 Windows servers are running with critical application that if they are downed, we need to up them in the shortest possible delay. Besides from normal windows agent, what other agent/tool should I buy in order to restore the whole servers as they used to be?

Thanks in advance.
Question by:MezzutOzil
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    you might want to have a look for products like:

    They make an image of your harddisk, that can be easily restored. There are different products for this kind of task, maybe you can do this with your tool from Symantec too.
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    by:Sikhumbuzo Ntsada
    You are looking for Symantec System Recovery, the one you mentioned will restore files that you specified to be backed up.

    Whereas the System Recovery will make a copy of your whole server including the files that were there on it up to a certain point of time the backup was last ran.
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    If you want a better solution,you can check out Storagecraft Shadow Protect.

    Basically an image backup that allows you to mount the backup file as a production server  vm in Suns Virtual Box(free).

    Takes about 5 or 10 minutes to boot and mount.

    Then when your hardware is fixed,there's a diff file that reconciles the two.

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    Hi Santasi24,

    How is this Symatec System Recovery perform. Does you able to restore the system if it is crashed?
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    We use it to backup Managers's PCs and so far I was able to restore Four of these PCs without a problem. The only time I was not able to restore a machine was when the processor changed from Quad Core to an i5 even though they were Intel. It allowed me to restore but would fail to boot complaining about am missing descriptor - I did a repair, all was fine.

    Of course this does take a lot of space since it backups everything there is on the machine - right now my 8TB NAS is out of space.

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