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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
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Question by:IT_Group1
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NT Backup will handle Windows 2003 R2 Cluster, with no issues.

and you can also write it to a *.BKF file on the network.
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by:Nick Rhode
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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.
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by:IT_Group1
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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
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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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!)
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Thanks guru!
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