Restoring systems (i.e. Exchange 2010, SQL, Active Directory, Sharepoint) from Hyper-V

My environment is about 90% virtualized running Hyper-V 2008 R2. I have about 300 users. Currently my backup solution is to backup the virtuals using Symantec Back up Exec. I'm planning to perform a disaster recover test in a couple of weeks and would like to know if I should expect any issues with restoring the .vhd files of each of these systems (Active Directory, Sharepoint 2010, SQL 2005 & 2008, Exchange 2010). Creating new virtuals in the DR environment and mounting the .vhds repectively?
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SeanSystem EngineerCommented:
Sounds like you have the right idea.
Just to be 100% sure i would go over this to make sure you have the process right but i don't see you having any issues.
AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
The steps you are referring is not a actual DR, it is called copy/paste.

Each application has different way of doing a DR. like Exchange, actual DR involve reinstalling server with a recover switch, then restoring the db's from backup and mounting it. Then testing the user mailbox access, mailflow etc.

For AD, you need to do a AD restore in your DR lab, then seize FSMO roles etc.

Any application where data changes frequently cannot be cloned and termed as DR.
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Is your DR environment on the same logical subnet as your production servers? Are you simply spinning up images that are from produciton into DR? Are you going to have the same IP scheme as production or are you spinning the servers up with a different IP?

Most important for the DR procedure would be DNS for your AD. If you are testing Exchange you will also want to make sure that your CAS/HUB server is pointing to your new External IP of your DR site.


Skyler KincaidNetwork/Systems EngineerCommented:
You should move to something like Dell AppAssure or Datto. These both allow you to restore directly to a HyperV or ESXi host.

We have used both of these programs and restoring servers is crazy easy. Datto even has a feature that allows you to schedule the server to be export from backups to a host, booted up, and a screen shot to be taken to verify that it booted successfully.

You can set AppAssure to replicate the servers to a host as a fail safe in case the live servers fail. Both of these solutions work far better than Backup Exec (I have used all three) and the fact that they allow you to export directly to a host is awesome.

You do have everything planned out correctly. When we did these test we would also export the VM, disable the NICs (inside of VMware) before booting, boot up the server to make sure everything looked fine and then enable the NIC if it was a recovery situation. You never want to enable the NIC unless you plan on going live and staying live with the server.

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