system state backup but no full backup of system drive - issues
Posted on 2015-01-13
We are looking at the configuration of an application server. We are looking at what the backup admin is actually backing up on the server. Essentially the server has 2 main drives, the system drive (C), and the data drive (E). By looking at the backup selections in BackupExec, they are doing a system state backup of the C drive, and backing up all data on the C drive.
I am not from a backup role, but can you give a low tech management friendly breakdown of what is included in a “system state” backup of a windows 2008 R2 server, and when would their be a case for backing up the whole system drive, i.e. in what circumstances would a system state backup not be enough (can you provide some examples).