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Hi all,

I am looking to setup a disaster recovery setup.

We currently have two offices.
One sited on one side of a road, one on the other side.
Both are connected via a fibreoptic link.

Both buildings have Domain computers in them.
The 1st building - Building A is the main one with all the servers inside it.
The 2nd building - Building B is lets say a sister, it has just 4 pcs, a NAS and a backup AD server.

We would like to have the servers from Building A convert to Virtual Hard Disk at night to a specified location within Building A.

Then we would manually copy them over via a script to Building B (giving an offsite backup)

We are looking for software, that can fully backup any type of server to VHD, we have just Windows operating systems Servers, 2003, 2008

Max size of any of the servers is 2TB
Lowest is about 150GB

We would need software that would install on either 1 beast hyper V machine that would manually point to a pc and turn it into a snapshot style VHD or full VHD then do incrementals there after.

Or

Software that installs on each Server individually and nightly turns the Server into VHD and saves it to one network location.

We are willing to pay a hefty price for this software, but is it available?
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by:Miguel Angel Perez Muñoz
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You can use vmware converter to do this, but suggest close all files/databases etc before proceed.
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Much better, and quicker and save yourslef allot of trouble just use Symantec System Recovery.  It easy to use and will never give errors.
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by:GordonRae
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The Symantec System Recovery looks like a rare treat Sick_Puppy.

When purchasing it is roughly £500 GBP, I don't see any licensing info.

Is it £500 per server or is it open software one license for all scenario, any info on that would be greatly appreciated.

@Drashiel
I am currently downloading Vmware I will test it and will see how it fares with databases open, personally we would need it to be done at night, we haven't looked much into scripting the stop and start of databases.

Is there any easy way to stop the databases before this runs at say for example it runs at 12pm how long does it roughly take on a bigger server? of say 2TB, we couldn't have the databases down for more than 7 hours a night between 12 and 6.
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by:GordonRae
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Great guides Hanccocka.

Are the VHDs created via VmWare compatible with Windows Hyper V
or
Does it need the VMWWare vSphere Hypervisor?
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 works with P2V, V2V-ing for VMware vSphere (FREE Hypervisor!)

So physical to VMware vSphere Hypervisor or virtual to VMware vSphere Hypervisor.

but all for FREE! just provide hardware!
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by:Robert Saylor
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Ghost console is going to be your best bet. I have not had much luck with VMware converter except for systems's that are already VM's. We use ghost to do nightly backup on our desktop PC's and stored on a raid 5 on the VMware server.
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Hi Gordon,

Unfortunateley Symantec System Recovery is a per server license, but when you load it onto one server, nothing is stopping you from making VHD's from remote servers, as from Symantec you are allowed to do that.

Please see link below for Licensing info:
http://www.google.co.za/url?q=http://www.qbssoftware.com/products/Symantec_System_Recovery/licensing/_prodSYMBACKUP&sa=U&ei=ZcvLUdDODoKDhQf7j4DAAQ&ved=0CBoQFjAA&sig2=M26I_8LKK9XgLdB4uFkRGQ&usg=AFQjCNHIR96nkSJ7PVd9iXMn8X-VypamuQ
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