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Bringing up VM's on DR site

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Hi

Just want to sanity check this configuration/infrastructure before real testing.

HQ and DR site. Both sites running VMWare ESXi and Veeam Server both ends. IPSEC VPN between the two.

HQ:
192.168.60.0/24 - Management Network
192.168.61.0/24 - Server Network
192.168.66.0/24 - PC Network

DR:
192.168.32.0/24 - All

At the DR site we have a BDC, File Server (DFS) and Exchange Server (DAG).

Backups are performed daily with Veeam (Reverse Incremental) and backups will be replicated/seeded to DR site.

I have to think of all possible failure scenarios to ensure we have a backup solution.

The biggest one I want to tackle first is catastrophic HQ site failure.

In this instance we can seize FSMO roles on the BDC, change the relevant DNS records for Mail, and they can remote access into a few DR PC's to access files (DFS)

They have a BES Express Server and a SQL Server which we will have a Veeam Backup of at the DR site.

My question is if the downtime is extended and they want Blackberries working, can I just bring up the Veeam Backup of the BES Xpress Server, change the LAN IP and it will work?

Same with the SQL Server?

What other complications do I need to think about?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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BES should work fine, if you change the IP Address. But just make sure firewalls (if any) and DNS are updated (external DNS as well if using)

Changing the BlackBerry Enterprise Server NetBIOS name or IP address

SQL server should be fine, just make sure DNS/WIN IP addresses are updated and changed to reflect the new IP Addresses.
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Thanks Han.

We have the HQ Veeam Server on a "Management Server" which also holds other management type tools or applications.

My understanding is that Veeam cannot backup itself - if so what would you recommend as a backup solution in that VM ever goes down and needs restoring?
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We are a fan of the following:-

AppAssure
http://www.appassure.com/ - Number 1 Backup and VMs and Cloud

Unitrends
http://www.unitrends.com/ - a good vRecovery Backup Appliance.

Symantec Backup Exec V-Ray Edition
http://www.symantec.com/backup-exec-vray-edition - Unmatched backup and recovery designed for virtual and physical environments

VM Explorer
http://www.trilead.com/ - Simply, cost effective and it works.

Acronis Backup & Recovery® 11 Virtual Edition
http://www.acronis.com/virtualization/ - simple but effective

StorageCraft ShadowProtect Server
http://www.storagecraft.com/  - amazing but can be expensive


NAKIVO Backup & Replication for VMware
http://www.nakivo.com/ - current testing proves very postiive

vBackup - in Beta
http://www.thinware.net/Products/vBackup/tabid/202/Default.aspx
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I dont want to use another backup utility to backup our main backup server!
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In that case, manual backup.
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