Solved

Windows 2003 R2 cluster - backup best practices

Posted on 2014-02-13
5
460 Views
Last Modified: 2014-02-16
Hi,

We have an old Win server 2003 R2 cluster (Windows cluster), and we want to back the whole server daily.

Can I safely use NT backup for this purpose?
If not, can you kindly point me to a cheap backup solution which has proven restoration of MS cluster servers of this type?

Thanks in advance
0
Comment
Question by:IT_Group1
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 120
ID: 39856073
NT Backup will handle Windows 2003 R2 Cluster, with no issues.

and you can also write it to a *.BKF file on the network.
0
 
LVL 22

Expert Comment

by:Nick Rhode
ID: 39856269
I guess it would depend on how important that old cluster is.  It also depends on how fast you want to recover in the event of a disaster.  I was not a fan of NT backup because you would have to rebuild the server and then run the restore etc.  I notice you have virtualization tagged so is this a VM?  If so what are you using Hyper-V, VMware, Xen etc.  If you need to recover quickly I would recommend a backup software but it also depends on if these are physical or virtual servers.
0
 

Author Comment

by:IT_Group1
ID: 39856605
Hi guys,
The servers are physical and not virtual, my bad for tagging virtualization.

Are you positive that NT backup will be sufficient to recover from a disaster?
BTW, both servers are connected directly to an old HP Storageworks array 500 G2 (Old guy), via SCSI/SAS cables.

Thanks
0
 
LVL 120

Accepted Solution

by:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
ID: 39856877
Yes, you can recover from NT Backup, in a Disaster, that's how we used to do it in the old days.

1. Build your Windows 2003 servers to the same build.

2. Restore your NT Backup *.bkf from the network drive.

3. After Restore Restart the Server.

Otherwise, you will have to purchase software, e.g. Symantec System Recover 2013, if supported! (2003 is rather old and out of support!)
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:IT_Group1
ID: 39862377
Thanks guru!
0

Featured Post

Windows Server 2016: All you need to know

Learn about Hyper-V features that increase functionality and usability of Microsoft Windows Server 2016. Also, throughout this eBook, you’ll find some basic PowerShell examples that will help you leverage the scripts in your environments!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

It Is not possible to enable LLDP in vSwitch(at least is not supported by VMware), so in this article we will enable this, and also go trough how to enabled CDP and how to get this information in vSwitches and also in vDS.
While rebooting windows server 2003 server , it's showing "active directory rebuilding indices please wait" at startup. It took a little while for this process to complete and once we logged on not all the services were started so another reboot is …
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to enable the VMware\Hyper-V licensed feature of Backup Exec 2012. In addition, how to add a VMware server and configure a backup job. The first step is to acquire the necessary licen…
How to install and configure Citrix XenApp 6.5 - Part 1. In this video tutorial we have explained step by step installation of Citrix XenApp 6.5 Server on Windows Server 2008 R2 is explained in this video. We have explained the difference between…

734 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question