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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.

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As a very senior dinosaur I have been using Lotus 123 for a gazillion years.  It's now starting to malfunction by not functioning the way I want, etc.  Consequently and because I've previously lost some data, I think I better replace this program with something new but similar.  Can you suggest such a freebie type program to replace Lotus 123 (I'm only interested in the Smart Suite portion) with similar functions, etc.
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Anyone using SkySync Enterprise connected straight through to StorageCraft's cloud? StorageCraft hasn't completed their Box sync yet. Trying to determine if it's possible to Sync between Box and StorageCraft data center using SkySync.

On many physical servers with different make (Fujitsu, IBM, HP) and with different OS (Windows Server 2K8R2 - W2K12R2) EMC networker base backup fails with error in events something like:
Volume Shadow Copy Warning: VSS spent 0x0000000000000028 seconds trying to flush and hold the volume \\?\Volume{cd4a4af1-2589-4872-9a94-7038f7c2c8df}\.  This might cause problems when other volumes in the shadow-copy set timeout waiting for the release-writes phase, and it can cause the shadow-copy creation to fail.  Trying again when disk activity is lower may solve this problem.

However if same Full Backup, File/Folder level backup, System State, Bare Metal backup from Windows Backup tool works fine without any issues.

Anyone can suggest, if any idea on how to fix this?

Best Regards,
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Hi there,

Anyone is using ShadowProtect Image Manager to replicate backups to multiple USB drives to take offsite? E.g. Rotating plug in the drives weekly.

I get some warnings and errors in ImageManager, which doesn't look very elegant, and just wondering if there is a better way of doing this out there.

I used to configure the drives so they come up as the same drive letter, however, that seem to cause some errors too, becaused some backup files dont get consolidated properly and the drives can get filled up quite quickly.

See screenshot attached, we have 2 * 2TB USB drives, now showing up as G: and H:, while one drive is plugged in for replication, the other one is offsite, not sure if doing it this way is any better.

Any tips and tricks would be appreciated.
Using Outlook 2013 with Office365. Large groups of email are missing. In the inbox sorted by date descending there a re big gaps of mail missing. Last month had quite a bit missing, more missing from the month before, then large gaps of many months with no email at all, then some from a year ago, then some from a couple years ago. Did the restore deleted items from the inbox and that restored a lot (mostly recent from the last couple of months)

Also receive this same O365 account to an Iphone and an Ipad.

I suspect it might be IOS device since I had a similar problem a while ago but in that case you could watch the email go away.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You
Background Information:

- We have two separate but identical sites (Production and Disaster Recovery)
- Both sites will have their own infrastructure of 3x servers, 2x iSCSI switches, and 1x SAN
- Data from production site will be replicated to DR site quite regularly (may be real-time)
- Sites utilize VMware ESXi/vSphere 6.5 and will have Acceleration Kits

We are in the process of an infrastructure upgrade, and am in the planning phase of implementation.  Once we have all of the above fully implemented, how can I configure a proper fail over and fail back configuration?  I am pretty sure I may be able to configure High Availability on a single site for a failure of a single host; would it be possible to configure some type of fail over should a disaster completely bring down an entire site (if building hosting production equipment burns down)?

Is it even possible to utilize VMware High Availability to fail over to another site/SAN?  If it was a temporary failover (power at production site is lost, then comes back), would there be an automatic fail back?

Can I use this method to temporarily take down a site for maintenance while having no impact to end users?

Thank you in advance for any assistance provided.

I’m looking for a good cloud backup and restore service that doesn’t just backup files but provides a mirror image of a server that can be quickly restored, provides backup and restore of VMs and keeps backed data for up to 6-12 months. Looking at approx 2TB data backup.

I have read about Acronis 12.5, Backup Assist, Carbonite and a few others but still can’t make my mind up. I’m pushing more towards Acronis but it seems the most expensive.

Any help much appreciated.
Using VMware's Replication appliances we are replicating about 25 VMs to a Disaster Recovery site. Lately, the size of replicated VMs has become much larger than the source VMs. For example, a source VM with only 125 GB of data on a thin-provisioned disk of 2 TB, takes up almost 1 TB at replicated site. (I am keeping 3 snapshots for 2 days; data change is no more than a few GBs in that time period.)

What could be causing such a bloat in replicated VMs? By the way, the destination storage is vSAN. Thanks.

Hello. I am the unfortunate victim of a very clever APT that has led to me having to close down my charity law firm for the poor, and as no one would help me, I then spent all my equity and savings and even debt and borrowed so much it is impossible to recover, in my alone effort to learn about networks and use toolbox Kali and Tails and lots of microsoft and any secureity tools I could find, and always with compromised devices, instantly, and so it has been a horrible education where I fight and discover with broken tools, and I have discovered and learned a lot these 13 months, but also have gone from wealthy to closing 3 of my 4 businesses, including all charity projects, and the last of my businesses is dying, and I cannot produce economically in this compromised state, and am victim of much financial fraud and it is too much to even try to catch up and audit and notice, and I have been hospitalized multiple times this year and probably because I have been sleeping only every other day and in constant stress over this and the fact I cannot get even one device to be exclusively mine and secure and I have root control. None. Even if I go and buy one. And I did that many times, many ways, every tactic I could think of, and exhausted my cleverness, and my ideas, and have copies and lots of digital evidence, and even probably most of the malicious code---none was easy to obtain or find, but I have, and I have I am sure plenty of logs, code, and so on, that someone who knew …
I have an OS need to be patched which has veritas file system running.

According to the following link, my new kernel version is not listed here. does it mean veritas will not work after patching?

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Hi all,

We have a situation where we have a drive where all the user's data is saved (F:)  and automatically we have shadow copy enabled and it stores it on another drive (V:)

We have to perform a restore (ex. 01/11/17) and unfortunately on that day the backup has failed.

We have a backup of V:\ drive  for that particular day (01/11/17)  but not for the F:\ drive.  The backup we have for the F:\ drive is that of (07/11/17).

Is there a way to perform a restore?
We recently started getting a bunch of fatal errors listed on our main server's RAID.  checking the status it shows as no errors and system is optimal, but these errors keep showing up and once I started a consistency check it started listing a bunch more.

not sure what to do next as these errors don't tell me much....

and am I at any risk of losing data at this point?


Hi All,

I'm assigned to work on System center operation manager 2012 r2 deployment project.
My environment is single domain Structure. And there is already established Disaster recovery site for the case main site failure.
SCOpMgr 2012 r2 also needed to be highly available within and across site.
Any best practice to design HA/DR Architecture.?

Any response appreciated.
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

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.


I know we have many options to clone a raid 1 on server 2008 r2.  I want to know if Clonezilla live can make a backup image of this on a single drive for recovery purposes only?  Just asking!

Thanks ahead of time.
Hi Everyone,

I am hoping you can help me with this.

We have several cloud servers and are going to purchase more.

The hosting company does offer several options for back up.  One of the options is a server in the cloud to manage all of that but it's being stored in the same place?  My management wants to know our options for backing up in the cloud.

Here is what i don't get.

In trying to work on disaster recovery here, we are looking at backing up to the cloud, these servers I am trying to get more information on now are already in the cloud, so what is the recommended way that we should be backing up our cloud servers?  I can't back them up to here I don't think.

I hope that made sense, just didn't know how others are doing it.  

Thank you,

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I can not access my yahoo mail (vianski76@yahoo.com) for I forgot my password  and my recovery email and phone  number is not active anymore.  kindly need your immediate help for me to change my recovery email and phone so that i can change my password. I really need to open my mails.
Thanks for your kind help....
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Veeam PN for Microsoft Azure is a FREE solution designed to simplify and automate the setup of a DR site in Microsoft Azure using lightweight software-defined networking. It reduces the complexity of VPN deployments and is designed for businesses of ALL sizes.

we are in the process of having complete BC and DR implementation  . the Issue is how we can implements the right approach  . Currently we have bit by bit not in the proper documents
Hi all,

I'm trying to install Microsoft Azure unified setup for the on premises server( configuration server) but i guess i'm making something wrong, when it comes to install the IIS features it gives me an error, is this error familiar to anyone?

Attached is a screenshot of the error.

Thanks in advance.

I am looking into a Nutanaix hyperconverged system to replace some ailing DELL PowerEdge servers.  We currently utilize Windows DataCenter 2012 R2, running as our hypervisor and have virtualized all of our servers on this hypervisor.

The Nutanix solution allows us to continue to run this hyper visor within it's Acropolis O/S.  

I have some concerns regarding this system, since the hypervisor is now housed on a "foreign" o/s.  I worry that at some point there will be a problem and getting support will be convoluted, because MS would say this is an unsupported environment, and left bouncing back and forth between MS and Nutanix for help.

Our main goals are to provide fail over for DR.  Initially our thought was to buy new robust servers, continue to run datacenter and look into replication and HA.  A datacenter server housed at separate sites connected with high speed fiber links.  Providing us failover if a hardware failure occurs, or if a site is rendered unusable.  Can I accomplish this with just utilizing MS Datacenter?  A single Nutanix 3-node cluster will provide us with failover in the event of a hardware crash, but would require a completely separate 3-node DR cluster provide failover in the case of a site being rendered unusable.

I would like to know the answer to the question above, and first hand experience with Nutanix.

Thank You for your help.
Hi Team,

Can someone please help me to provide the steps required to make the standby commserve active if production commserve goes down or in case or DR.

I have read the advance failover configuration in commvault documentation but didn't understand the DNS configuration part. How the DNS record will automatically update to standby server.

Hi. I have a Q see 16. And am trying to recover a video from Aug of this year. But, I believe has been taped over. Can I still recover this video?
For the past few days, we been getting this error before the backup job finished:
Backup- \\EXCHSERVER\Microsoft Information Store\Public FolderV-79-57344-4617 - The backup-to-disk folder or the path for staging temporary data on the Backup Exec server must be on an NTFS volume. Do any of the following, and then submit the job again:
- Create a new backup-to-disk folder on an NTFS volume - Change the location of the current backup-to-disk folder to an NTFS volume - Change the path for staging temporary data. Click Tools, click Options, and then click Backup to change the path.

I looked at the Backup Exec Settings to see where the temp folder is located and it pointed to E:\Temp which is correct, it should go to the E:\Temp folder on the backup server/main server where backup exec is installed but for some reason, it isn't and giving us the error and the drives are NTFS drives.

I looked online and read I can add the OnHostTemp registry but not sure if it will create the temp files directly on the Exchange Server or on the main server where the tape drive/backup server is since I seem to be adding the path to the Exchange Server and not the server where backup exec is running so not sure how this registry fix works.

Anyone seen this error before and know how to fix it? It only happening with our exchange server, our main server isn't giving us the error.

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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