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Is it possible to make an image of all servers everyday to restore in the event of failure

Posted on 2014-07-27
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We have physical and virtual servers that I want to be able to restore ASAP in the event of a major failure.  I would mostly restore them to new equipment

Can this be done daily?  If so how?  Specific details will be appreciated
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Question by:J.R. Sitman
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 200 total points
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Windows server backup is all that is required. The backup's will be vhd or vhdx and you can install them on a hyper-v machine and get up and running immediately.. for the existing virtual machines a copy of the virtual machines is all that is required.. if using S2K12 then replicate the machines to another server
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by:J.R. Sitman
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So I run server backup.  then get the VHD from the backup device and build a new server and from that new server restore the VHD?

sounds too simple.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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or while you are waiting for the server parts, install as a new virtual machine.
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by:Nagendra Pratap Singh
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It is quite simple.

Most products offer Bare metal restore now. Of course it takes time to restore. SQL servers/email servers take hours to restore.
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by:SelfGovern
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While what Nagendra says is true for a traditional restore, products like Veeam and HP Data Protector now offer the ability to restore a virtual machine with almost instant-on availability.  They bring the machine up from the backup target and run it from there; any writes are done to the server's new location, and the system is copied from the backup to the new location in the background.

http://www.veeam.com
http://www.hp.com/go/dataprotector
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by:J.R. Sitman
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Let me read up on veeam.  Is it better than Windows server backup?
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by:Nagendra Pratap Singh
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Almost any backup product would have few points over Windows server backup. Veeam sales team should be able to tell more.
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Veeam is perhaps the market leader for virtual machine backups, having done extremely well starting out as a VMware backup tool, and expanding to Hyper-V.  Its support for tape is not up there with traditional backup products, and it's not the product I'd recommend for backing up non-virtualized machines, nor for Fibre Channel SANs.  Given its cost and feature-richness in the VM world, it's a solid choice there.

Data Protector is a solid traditional backup product that handles virtual machines well.  It's a good choice if you have a mixed environment (either virtual and physical servers, or Windows and other operating systems).

Windows Server Backup is a basic tool that will get you backups, but it lacks a lot of the management tools and flexibility of purchased backup applications... plus, if you need to scale past a few servers, you'll likely find its limitations quickly.
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by:J.R. Sitman
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thanks.  I'll do some research and post later
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How about Acronis for the physical and Veeam for Virtual?
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by:Nagendra Pratap Singh
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They are good too.
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Cool.  I have Acronis licenses
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by:Nagendra Pratap Singh
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Acronis can restore to anything. It can restore to a server with a different motherboard and hence by extension to a VM.
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Thanks for all the help.  I'm researching all of them
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