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.

Share tech news, updates, or what's on your mind.

Sign up to Post

Dear Experts, in case of disaster, such as viruses, ransomware,... if we only have NAS device remaining and it only includes the Veeam backup files (.vbm, vbk, .vib files) of Exchange server; can we recover it?

If we cannot recover the VM, how can we rebuild it from those backup files. Can you please suggest a plan? Many thanks.

Veeam 9.5; Exchange 2016, Server 2012R2
Improve Your Query Performance Tuning
Improve Your Query Performance Tuning

In this FREE six-day email course, you'll learn from Janis Griffin, Database Performance Evangelist. She'll teach 12 steps that you can use to optimize your queries as much as possible and see measurable results in your work. Get started today!

There are numerous software applications for Windows that will help to recover a deleted file on a flash drive formatted as FAT32.  Unfortunately, what I am finding is that these tools are designed to work with standard-sized FAT32 drives up to 32GB.  If you buy a larger SD card - such as a Sandisk 64GB Extreme - what you receive is a drive with a single larger-than-32GB-partition.   Presumably, Sandisk has put a non-standard FAT32 partition on that drive, cheating some element of the specification?

I have a 64GB flash drive with a FAT32 partition, and I need to recover a file.   Wise Data Recovery and Wondershare Recoverit do not see the 64GB flash drive at all.   EaseUS Data Recovery Free application sees the flash drive and claims to work on it for an hour and find 3000 files (which is way too high) and then displays only one folder on the drive and three files.  So EaseUS basically has a corrupted view of the file system.

Is there any software application for Windows that will work with non-standard FAT32 partitions that are larger than 32GB?
fix corrupt vhd file
In this article, I highlight what a VHD file is, how to create VHD file using the Windows Disk Management feature of MS Windows and few possible reasons why VHD file is corrupted and unreadable. In addition, you will also get some simple preventive approaches to fix or repair a corrupt VHD file.

Expert Comment

by:Tirthankar Bose
Comment Utility
Informative article, I must say!
Hi, I was looking for instructions on how to decrypt a drive that was crypted using veracrypt.  Like if I put the encrypted hard drive in another computer and wanted to decrypt it.

I tried dooing that today and got lost.  Also do I just need the password they use to log on the Veracrypt screen, or do I need to entire encryption key.

Thanks all.
Good day-
I have an Ntfs volume from a failed server 2003 (not a typo). The volume was RAID1 and a member file server.

Ntfs permissions are keeping me from accessing previous versions - although I can see the previous versions thru explorer.

Any tools you can think of or am I dreaming?
Exchange 2010 Recover Server Error.

I am trying to recover an Exchange 2010 server using the setup /m:recoverserver option.

While this has worked for me in the past in other environments, I am getting the following error related to: - RoleDomainController

I have tried recovering the server as a domain controller and as a member server.

Anything I can do to get around this error?

Below is the output with error bolded:

D:\ExchangeInstall\sp3>setup /m:recoverserver

Welcome to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Unattended Setup

Setup will continue momentarily, unless you press any key and cancel the installation. By continuing the installation process, you agree to the license terms of
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.
If you don't accept these license terms, please cancel the installation. To review the license terms, please go to

Press any key to cancel setup................
No key presses were detected.  Setup will continue.
Preparing Exchange Setup

    Copying Setup Files                           COMPLETED

The following server roles will be recovered
Hub Transport Role
Client Access Role
Mailbox Role
Management Tools

Performing Microsoft Exchange Server Prerequisite Check

    Configuring Prerequisites                                                                                                                           COMPLETED
    Language Pack Checks         …
Encountering issues like sudden system shutdown, damage in one or more files, or accidental deletion, is common in the Exchange environment. And while manual techniques like PowerShell commands and Exchange Management Shell are easily available, they often don’t prove to be accurate and effective.
I was talking about this today with another person and never heard what ended up happening.  Looks like they weren't able to pay the ransom because the portal was disabled so the city had to spend 2.6M to recover.  Crazy.

I had a couple of VMs configured with vsphere replication and working fine, after upgrading from vcenter 6 to 6.5 I'm not able to reconfigure replication and can't edit RPO policy(greyed out). The workarround to edit RPO policy is deleting the VM , create and reconfigure it again from scratch, what could I be doing wrong? is there any bug in 6.5 related to this?

PD: vmware tools in the vms is out of date due the vcenter upgrade.
Looking for examples of data centre documentation, points to use

Preferably from some a data centre engineer someone who has documented it before

What are the main points to look for?
Network Scalability - Handle Complex Environments
Network Scalability - Handle Complex Environments

Monitor your entire network from a single platform. Free 30 Day Trial Now!

Hi Experts

I have a 3TB tape with media ID "A00005" that includes some VMs backed up end of March 2018 using NetBackup server "XY01" (Windows 2012). The site including the server has been fully decommissioned. However, lately I received a query that requires to restore a certain VM from the tape. I have another NetBackup server "XY02" (Windows 2012) that I could use. But "XY02" already have a record in the Catalog with media ID "A00005" which includes weekly full backup for different things. Honestly I just received the administration and I have no clue about this, just bits and pieces I picked up reading while trying to find a solution. The backup device is a regular tape drive. How can I restore the VM without disturbing anything else?

Kindly assist with step by step (layman terms) on how to accomplish this task. Indeed very grateful for any insight.
I am trying to locate data that is needed by a customer and thought to be in a workstation backup that is stored with multiple workstation backups on a My Passport external drive.

The problem I have is the disk is nothing but .dat files that I do not know the origin of, therefore do not know of a software that will enable me to browse the content.  

I have attached screenshots of the data directory, and was hoping EE could provide some ideas.
I have a HP ml310e gen8 v2 server with 2 disk raid.Disk 2 had failed and i decided to replace that drive I shut down the server and replaced the drive. the server would not boot replaced the old drive and the server still wouldn't boot. i ran the acu and it says the raid is ready for rebuilding,  after the server initialises the raid card it says  1778 drive array assuming automatic data recovery process. this is with the the failed drive. it then goes through a disccheck  and moves on to  automatic repair.and I seem to be going around in circles. i am not great in raids so I must have screwed up someplace. is there any way i can get the working drive back running again?
I am looking for one of the best data recovery places in the united states. I have a drive thats been sent out to a local shop and my client is looking for it to be sent to a more known / renowned place.   Any Recommendations?
Looking for a free backup program that can backup outlook even when it's running, and recommendation?

Window file backup will not backup when outlook is running.

Preferred but not a most
* should be able to deploy via group policy
*alert or not successful backup

I've seen http://www.safepstbackup.com who says thy do it, anyone experience with them?
Data Recovery
Lost your data lately, thus looking for a data recovery software. In this blog, there is an earnest attempt to jot down five vital things you must look in the software before buying it.
I'm curious about opinions on actual experiences with Veeam Failover/Replication vs VMWare's integrated solution.
Preferably from people who have done both and some Pro's and Con's, overall experience etc.

We already have Veeam and I'm quite happy with it for backups, but I'm not 100% sure about it's failover capabilities.
Recover Exchange Mailbox
Get an overview of the Top 5 best Exchange Recovery Software solutions offered by different Organizations to repair and recover an Exchange mailbox database. Blog deals with the overview, prominent features and price description of best Exchange Recovery products.
Hello experts, I use an old version of IBM TSM (Version 7.0.0) . I do a tsm reporting server which sends backup reports everyday. I would like to know if its possible to show the backup folders or database inside the report? If yes, how?

TSM Reports
Get your problem seen by more experts
LVL 12
Get your problem seen by more experts

Be seen. Boost your question’s priority for more expert views and faster solutions

How to recover deleted emails from Office 365 portal and through MFCMAPI
Please check the video also in regards to recovery of deleted emails from office 365 admin center and through the MFCMAPI tool.

I have mentioned each and every step with the proper steps that need to be taken care of.
Repair Exchange Database
Recover Mailboxes Database from Failed Exchange Server after disaster recovery. Use Recovery mode to extract back user mailboxes data of DAG (Data availability Group) member. Also, repair the Corrupt Exchange database using SysTools Exchange Recovery after recovering mailbox from failed Exchange.
Check the reasons why Exchange Database failed due to Exchange 2013 Logs Drive Full?
I'm looking for a backup solution to backup a SAN unit.  I have one server and all the information will be stored on a 2 TB San.  Symantec is insanely expensive. there must be something else.  Can someone suggest something?
Hi everyone,
                       iI have a serious issue: All my tapes in my tsm 6.4 are on filling status and unavailable/readonly access. Even if i label several fresh scratch tapes , after a couple of minutes the tapes goes from scratch to filling status and no scratch are available to reclaim, migration , move data,

Please can you help me with this?

Thanks in advance,
We are looking to set up a point to point vpn with sonicwall on our end and watchguard on the clients end. We'll be using that to set up crashplan backup on virtual machines. Two questions.
1. Is it pretty straightforward to set up the point-to-point between sonicwall and watchguard?
2. Once that is established, would we need a backup device for each VM (say we have 3) or would backing them up to one device with designated partitions work ok?

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.

Vendor Experts

Naveen SharmaKernel Data Recovery Learn more about Kernel Data Recovery
Sandeep KumarKernel Data Recovery Learn more about Kernel Data Recovery