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I've built a server 2008 running on a raid 1. This server is running as a DC, sharepoint, and as a file server. Can someone recommend to me what to do best to backup this server (both files and OS) so that should something happens to this server, I can just do a restore and have all my AD settings and files back like nothing had happened. Am also open to third party application/software that could be used to achieve the same result.
i really want to have myself prepare for any eventuality in the future. Thanks in advance.
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I dont think there is a 1-solution fix for this.

I would probably do a system imgae using Acronis or somehting, or maybe an OS backup.

Then i would simply use backup exec or windows backup to backup data nightly.

As long as you backup data, the need for constant OS backups is probably not too much of an issue. Only take a system image or OS backup when you change soemthing. Otherwise an old OS image and restore data from recent data backup.

Hope this makes sense.
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Take regular system state backups for AD.  Also backup the files on the box.   The best thing from an AD perspective is to have other domain controllers.  If this one died you are still ok with the other DCs.

Snapshots/image restores are not supported for a 2008 DC.  They are supported in Windows 2012 if the hypervisor supports it (latest version of vmware and hyper-v both do)

Thanks

Mike
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