Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery is the planning for and creation of policies and procedures related to the resumption or continuation of an organization's functions following a catastrophic event. The term is most frequently used in relation to failure of networks, but DR preparations also include other business systems and personnel considerations.

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Our existing environment only has one Window 2008R2 server. It has DS role and file services.

As a part of BCP part, we are thinking of P2V the physical server to a virtual guest hosted by a vmware machine. It will be only be used during Disaster Recovery.

Can I simply backup the system state of the Window 2008 physical server and restore the file on the virtual server in case we need it ?

Thx
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Are there any tracks of education whether it be just video series or a certification for proper imaging techniques with various programs? The reason for this is my experience with the situation is we have used Paragon and Acronis in the past for file retrieval but have had serious issues with re-imaging a device for quality testing. Most fail to load whether it be incompatible hardware or bad archive files. I need to personally get a grip on understanding the techniques to secure myself and future clients with a reliable process and I don't want to half ass it. Sadly enough I do not have higher up technicians available at my current place of employment I can learn from and need to set the tone for this. Has any of you encountered these issues before and how/where did you find solutions?

Thanks in advance!
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We have an Exchange 2010 environment with several mailbox servers a single DAG and one CAS/OWA server. (we are unable to upgrade the version yet due to compatibility issues but we are working on it)

There were some issues when we were originally transitioning from 2003 so the Exchange admin at that time never implemented a CAS array.  

As part of our Disaster Recovery plan I would like to set up a second CAS server in our DR/colo site and have mail automatically flow through it should my primary site go down.  Of course mail has to keep flowing while I set up the new server and move over to the new array.

My question is is it possible to set up a new CAS server, create an array and move over to it without causing an interruption in mail?  Would my users continue to get mail from the stand-alone CAS server while I am transitioning them to the array?  what would be the order of steps to implement this change?  

As an added complication we are using VERITAS Enterprise Vault to archive our mail so we need to maintain Enterprise Vault integration in OWA.  But this is not a part of my original question.

Thank you.
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Hi Team,

I just recently created a fail-over cluster for SQL, I will now like to create the same scenario for our web servers. The primary reason for doing this is for Disaster Recovery between 2 sites. These 2 web servers will be located across two sites and ideally switch over automatically if there's an issue with the active site.
I have some experience with IIS but not with a web farm or IIS clustering.
Is this possible to do with windows server 2016 build in features and IIS or would I need some type of hardware loadbalancer?
I must also say that these 2 sites don't share storage or have storage replication.

Thank you
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What is the best and most efficient way to install images on machines.
I know there are Acronis and ghost, but also Microsoft has it's own program , but it takes more time to install.

Which one do you recommend? I want to be able to press a certain key a boot with PXE from the network or a bookable USB and install the image from a shared network location.
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Hi Experts,

DR scenario,
 
We have 2 ESXi hosts that share an direct attached storage. If the shared storage failed how could i recover the VM's on the 2 hosts as i could not use Vmotion to move the VM's from the shared storage?

Thank you
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I am setting up a disaster recovery site, and I want to add a domain controller offsite. My current site has two domain controllers. I would like to add a 3rd, and replicate changes there. What would be best way to connect these sites for replication? VPN? Would it have to be a two way, or could I simply add a VPN connection to the remote site on the main DC to allow it to sync? I am running Windows Server 2012.

Thanks in advance!
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Hello everyone,

To give some background, we have a production server and a development server. Both are backed up with image-level backups (as well as file-level). The decision was made to remove the current development server and restore production as a new development. This was done using the production backup image.

The image was restored to a separate non-domain subnet, where the hostname was changed and moved to a workgroup, along with a service change (enabled/disabled) and a few application changes to stop mailflow. The VM was then migrated to the domain subnet. When that happened, the production server lost the domain trust.

What am I doing that would cause the server to lose domain trust? Is there a better way to do what I am trying to do?
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I have a Toshiba laptop Satellite S55. Recently the hard drive crashed BIG TIME.  Obviously I'll need to replace it.

I hate to say this, but it seems that I do not have a backup for everything on the drive, just programs and data that I saved to an external hard drive.

The computer came with the Windows 7 built-in, no installation disk.  Is the OS ON the crashed and worthless drive or is it stashed away someplace else on the computer so recovery is possible? There's a permanently attached label on the bottom with a Microsoft product key on it.
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We have a discussion between the infrateam which states that SRM failover should be sufficient and the sharepoint team that states that a cloning strategy should be provided for situations related to human error.
What's your take ?
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or does cloning have to be part of a true disaster recovery strategy.
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Hello all,
my DPM tape backup is encrypted with a certificate.
I do not have a certificate, and can't remember issuing one.
the old certificate had expired, and a new one had been generated in APRIL.
we can't use the expired one, we need the APRIL one that i don't have and i can't recall creating it.

is it possible that it was auto renewed by the DPM server automatically ? or this certificate must've been generated and imported into the DPM certificate store manually by someone else ?

PS: we can't export the certificate, as we lost the DPM used to do the backups.

Thank you
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We have an APC SURT5000XLI UPS that will not power up.

It just has an illuminated Fault LED, and the 3rd and 4th Battery Level LEDs on. See embedded image.


LEDs on front of APC UPS
Can anyone translate what its trying to say? I can't find a fault finding guide anywhere, other than 'engineer required'. Such an engineer scratched his head, and said it needed replacing...

Thanks
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Hi

Can anyone help me in step by step documents for creation of SFB 2015 DR setup. I have to FE Server in Production & 2 Edge Server in Production. I need to create a DR setup for the entire infrastructure.

Thanks

Avijit
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I no longer have support on this machine and EMC is asking almost $3k with no guarantee this can be done or at least they will not give me a definite answer.  Is there a way to reset the sysadmin password or factory reset the device?  We do not need any data from the DD since we have not used it in about 2 years.
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we have not included some small application running for company internal applications . we are in the process of getting  centralized backup solution  . is there any way we can get the one time backup and copied into external HDD . or any other third party application to get this  bare metal backup
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I did a Veeam Exchange restore and exported the three pst files to the desktop.  I then copied the files to my computer so that I could open them in Outlook 2016.  Unfortunately I get an error message saying "File access is denied. You do not have the permission required to access the file Blah Blah.pst".  

I edited the files and added full permissions for myself and even the "Everyone" group but still get the same message, any ideas please?
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i have a veeam Job which backup 6 vms(jobname= job1). Sudenly this Job not working any more , after that i cloned this Job (jobname= job1.clone) and work good at the Moment.
but still exist on the NAS storage , .vbk and vbr files. they are prox :900 gb .of Course i would like to use this space for job1.clone Job.

i changed restore Point under job1 and deleted part of vbk,and vrb. But still there is data which i cant delete manually.

Please help to delete These old files.

Thanks in advance
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Hello all,
we did loose all our servers including DPM, and now we built everything from scratch, and reinstalled DPM 2012 on a new server, attached it to tape library, and ready to recover.
but obviously, there is no recovery points. ZERO. how can i access those tapes, and recover from them ?
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Hi folks,

I recently inherited a Quantum-branded Certance LTO unit complete with tapes. Most tests pass, but as soon as the drive gets to writing 13GB of data, it fails. Does anyone recognise this symptom and have an suggestions for a fix?

Thanks.
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I have a synology with 2 4TB HD raid 1 and 1TB of data (as per the data analyzer tool on the synology, and ThreeSize) but is the disk overview it shows 98% full

Please advice
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I am trying to copy our windows server backup drive to another hard drive, restore this to a different piece of equipment, and then recover back something from 1+ month ago.

I was able to restore this to a virtual machine. However, I was not able to restore back any individual files / folders from using windows server backup. Using the windows server backup to restore it says the drive is offline "the disk that contains the backup is either not online or is not accessible" clicking any of the different backup dates. I guess since this is a copy it is looking for something specific... how would i mimic this onto the copied disk so i can access the recovery data?
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I'm not very Famaliar with drop box

So dropping a folder doesn't move the folder it just adds a short cut to the drop box folder as a wish for it to sync it - correct ?

Thanks
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When I hook up a Win7 drive to a slaved hdd I have no permission to view files

When I click next on the user it fails after taking forever (done loads of times)  

So without file permission issues can I use knopix or something ?
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Disaster Recovery

Disaster Recovery is the planning for and creation of policies and procedures related to the resumption or continuation of an organization's functions following a catastrophic event. The term is most frequently used in relation to failure of networks, but DR preparations also include other business systems and personnel considerations.