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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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I need to  copy data from a failing / corrupt hard drive to a new drive from a windows system.

Seems the only way to read this drive is to mount it in Linux with the -r or -ro flag (read only).

I really don't know much about linux / learning by trial an error.  I used a live rescue CD USB stick and could mount the 2 drives.

And now doing that in a Ubuntu live USB.

Now to get beyond compare installed.  I go to


and download the .deb and then the .rpm packages.  Double click on them in download folder and I get a text document most times.  On ubuntu, for the deb install, a page opens with install button!!! I click on it and all I get is an icon in the bar saying waiting to install.  

I go to the install in linux help page


and follow steps but get errors. most recently, following the terminal install commands for ubuntu,

I get:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree        
Reading state information... Done
Reading state information... Done
This package is uninstallable
Dependency is not satisfiable: libqtwebkit4

then it dawns on me - as a live install (running from thumb drive) should I be able to install apps / beyond compare?  Is there a way to enable installing on a live USB?
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We have a hard drive that was working but now we get d:/ is not accessible.  Access is denied

It has been a while since we've used a service and I remember it wasn't a good experience although the details escape me and I won't bias people's answers with who the company was.

Could people offer their recommendations on companies that could potentially get data off a 3.5" WD drive from 2009. It is SATA. There's no encryption on it.  And it has been a while since we've used a service. What is the going rate these days along with lead time for the less expensive service?

And am I missing anything while I tried connecting to my computer, it shows a drive letter, disk management says it's NTFS and healthy. But when you click on the drive letter in file explorer it says D:/ is not accessible Access is denied.

I had hopes it was an NTFS permissions issue. I booted RescueCD, a linux product and googled how to mount external hard drives from the command line - I would have thought there's a way from the GUI?

I got the following message:

The disk contains an unclean file system (0,1)
Metadata kept in windows cache, refused to mount
Failed to mount '/dev/sdd1': Operation not permitted
The NTFS partition is in an unsafe state. Please resume and shutdown windows fully......
or mount the volume read only with the ro mount option.

We aren't up on Linux. Is there another product we should be using?
Hi Experts,

I have A Database on SQL server 2016 SP1 on Primary site and another SQL Server as a DR server in DR site. DB is very small one and data growth is also small. DB is less than 1 GB right now and there may be about 1GB per month growth.
Connection between Primary site and DR site is 2Mbps dedicated
I need almost real time replication like Oracle RMAN sync [Oracle active data guard or data guard]

SQL and windows server - Microsoft SQL Server 2016 (SP1) (KB3182545) - 13.0.4001.0 (X64)   Oct 28 2016 18:17:30   Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation  Enterprise Evaluation Edition (64-bit) on Windows Server 2016 Standard 6.3 <X64> (Build 14393: )

What would be the best SQL Server replication method except SQL Server Always on ? I need your opinion for DATA replication.

Hardware level, VM level replication will not work.
We're currently storing data on Office 365 cloud and looking for redundancy, so far we tested Cloud Ally and it's hard to tell how well it's working. My personal feeling is it's too light, meaning it doesn't provide enough feedback of current status especially larger folders. Just says, "backup in progress" and nothing else. Depending on the folder size this can last for days.

I'm not concerned with running my own calculations to determine when the backup should finish. I'm looking for software that will do this for me or I would just FTP sync the data myself.

Question EE, what have you used for cloud to cloud backup and why?

Thank you
is there any standard criteria that can be used to assess the current adequacy of your existing backup solution/software, so it can be effectively compared to new products out there, rather than going into auto-renew mode and just renewing the current solution to the latest version of their product? There are so many products on the market it is difficult to know where to start. 95% of the companies servers are virtual powered by ESXi hosts, but the company seems to have upgraded from backup exec for years without any real strategic thought or analysis if anything better is out there for the budget. are there any limitations in terms of backup exec compared to other solutions more geared towards virtual environments/server backups?

I note some vmware targeted solutions also seem to cover both backup and elements of disaster recovery, so would be interested to identify any current solutions in that area that come recommended - I am sure there must be great variety in costs based on the functionality of the backup software, so any useful criteria that can be used, or some insight on companies using more advanced software and what benefits they offer over more traditional apps like backup exec would be really helpful.
Hi there,

I have a charitable client (40 users) who is running 4 VMs on a HP ML350 Gen9 Host (ESXi 6), 64GB of RAM, Dual Hex Core CPU, 8 * 900GB disks.

1 * MS 2012 Server - Domain Controller
1 * MS 2012 Server - Exchange 2013
1 * MS 2012 Server - FileMaker Server
1 * MS 2012 Server - Terminal Server
2* 8TB QNAP NAS - Shadow Protect backup to NAS, Image Manager running on a spare Hyper-V server to replicate backup to mobile drives to take offsite.

I'm after some recommendations/tips are tricks from an expert for this type of environment, ideally using the equipment they currently have, to have a solid backup/disaster recovery solution, to protect them from attacks, ransomware, corruptions, and hardware failures, bear in mind they are a charity, so the Microsoft products and services are pretty affordable.

I'm thinking if it makes more sense, I could rebuild the spare Hyper-V server (HP ML350 Gen6 with 32GB RAM and Dual CPU) to ESXi 6, and take advantage of the features of the VMware better, but open to options to use the spare HP ML350 Gen 6 hardware.

Office 365 with Exchange is on the cards, but we are also happy to keep going with on-premise until the right time to migrate.

Thanks in advance.

I have a server with a asus sabertooth mobo that is giving me a raid critical error. Its saying at boot:

Problemis detected with array: 01 02
Critical status
A disk member of an array has failed or is not responding.

I understand what this is saying but when I go into the raid utility I cant find a way to get it to tell me which drive is failing. Also, it does show in the drive assignment the disk on port 01 is "single disk".

Asus has been no help.
when an organisation has a 'link' between 2 offices, e.g. a primary site with its core data centre, and a DR site whereby backups are written (or site resilience with 2nd infrastructure) to a DR site for disaster recovery etc, what actually constitutes that link, in terms of physical materials? And more importantly. kind of events/issues could break that link, leaving the primary site as a single point of failure, and what contingencies should organisations have in place for the event of the link breaking for whatever reason? I appreciate issues like earthquakes can damage physical infrastructure, but then smaller businesses only have so much budget for DR and 2nd sites etc etc.
Every so oftern I receive the error in VEEAM of:  "Timed out waiting for asynchronous device I/O completion."  Can anyone help me with this error.  I use VEEAM to backup up VM's and the destination device for the backups is a QNAP NAS in a building that is next to the office connected with a fiber.
I'm looking for a new cost effective backup solution.

Previously we had 3 physical servers, and using Windows Server Backup onto external USB drives that were rotated into a fireproof safe once a month. The odd offsite backup at random intervals was done.

I've now got an additional 2 new physical servers each with 2 VM's about to be rolled out.

We are eligible for the free Azure services as a Not for Profit, and I was going to use Azure backup to look after everything, but I was going to store all the backups locally, because our internet connection is crap. I started setting it up, but it doesn't look like I can store my backups locally (either with online or offline storage). Plus it seems much too complicated for what I want, even if it is free.

I just want a single daily backup, of my physical and virtual machines, that is simple and reliable. The ability to swap out a USB HDD to the safe or offsite is a feature I would like to retain.

It seems that Acronis will do what I want, but it is pushing way outside my budget (AU$3,245 a year).

Only doing standard stuff: AD, Print, File, small SQL DB, Anti_Virus, Internet gateway, etc. No exchange server.

Any suggestions?
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We've got an ageing SBS2008 server. We use the SBS Backup onto USB drives and it works quite well for us. However SBS is no longer a current OS. If we were to have a disaster and had to install a new 2016 server for instance, would we able to restore our sbs backups and get our data back?
I have created several backups of Microsoft Surfaces running the Windows 10 Professional OS that I would like to restore to Lenovo T470 laptops.

These Microsoft Surfaces are running the Windows 10 Professional OS and are not running Windows 10 OEM software.

Does Veeam have any ways of restoring backup images to dissimilar hardware? I will gladly purchase new Windows 10 licenses to do this if necessary.
My organization has been performing backups using the Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows - Free Edition.

Now I am trying to perform a restore of a Windows 10 OS that was backed up using this version of Veeam.

When I boot from the recovery media and choose to Restore the "Entire computer" I get a message that says "Unable to auto-match disks, please use manual restore mode."

When I choose Manual restore (advanced) or select the "View automatically detected disk mapping" I get further errors.

I see that there are options to add drivers.

The laptop that was backed up and that I am now trying to restore is a Lenovo T470 20HD005GUS model laptop.

Please provide me with guides on how to properly perform these Veeam restores and how to load the correct drivers.

Performing these Veeam restores aren't as straight forward as I though they would be.

Here are these screenshots:

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Does the free version of Veeam backup software for Windows computers have any kind of central administration console?

My organization is currently using the free Version of the Veeam backup software. Veeam has been installed on the Server 2016 servers, Windows 10 client computers, and Windows 7 client computers.

While using the free version of the Veeam backup software is there any kind of central administration console that can be installed or used or the web or is this only available with the paid or commercial versions of Veeam?

If such central administration software is available please provide me with the URL addresses of where I can download it and learn more about it.
hello guys,
does anyone have experience in the disaster recovery with Google Cloud Platform? if yes can i have a guide for the steps?

Hi Experts,
I just had tested a code which deleted an entire folder of mine!!
and created two files under that folder
Any way to recover?

I am in progress to install a Disaster Recovery Site with HYPER-V. The HYPER-V Hosts in Disaster Recovery Site want to be with Failover Clustering.

But to use Failover Clustering must be a member of a Domain,

So i must create a new domain name in Disaster Recovery Site for my HYPER-V Hosts? or must use the same as in Production?

I talk only for the HYPER-V Hosts not for the Virtual Machines.

We run out of space in 2 disks of a virtual machine (Windows Server 2008) that we have on a ESXI 4.1.

We looked in the VMWare Database for instructions on how to resize the vmdk files. We followed to the letter (removing the snapshots, applying the -X resize command) and it completed correctly. We did this with both disks (they were data disks, no OS disks).

After booting the VM, we found that the disks were empty!

We don't have an entire backup of the data (yeah, we know) and we tried to install programs to look for the data in the VM but found nothing.

Does anyone know if there is a way to recover this??
This is a bit more of what is reasonable and what is allowed. I have a client that pays about 75K per year to a solution provider of a database application that houses medical data. The client wants to add the SQL instance into their disaster recovery plan which requires a username and password to be entered into Acronis so it can properly backup the SQL. The solution provider claims that they can not give us the credentials necessary to do this. There claims as to why all seem to be based on more that they are afraid someone is going to steal their code and not the data. The solution provider statements says they backup the database which it appears by that they create a backup but that is to the same drive as where the SQL resides. Any thoughts or comments on this is greatly appreciated. Something I've never run into before ever.
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Im new to Nimble Storage Arrays, my previous experiences have been with NetApp arrays.

Im looking at ways of using Storage level replication to move data across two widely separated Nimble CS Arrays.
The two devices are 1000 miles apart and have a mean latency of 90ms between them.

We are using VMWare as the hypervisor layer and Veeam as the backup solution. Veeam is also being used to replicate some key VMs across the two sites.
The RPO/RTO is very loose, with a days data loss and two days recovery of key services deemed acceptable by the business.
Obviously, I would like to be better than that.

As we have Nimble CS Arrays on both ends, it seems like we should be using the Storage Level replication to move the data we wish to protect, rather than using Veeam further up the stack.

There is a good, stable VPN tunnel between the two sites, but the tunnel needs to prioritise business application traffic during work hours.
After hours, there is little traffic across the tunnel so it can be used for replication.
The link speed is 12mbps, with a peak of 24mbps.

My questions is informational gathering.

Is it possible to use Storage Level replication across a 90ms latency WAN?
What are the advantages/disadvantages of using Storage Level replication instead of Veeam replication?
Does Storage level replication reduce the amount of traffic sent across the WAN as compared to Veeam replication?
Anything else I should know?
Hi, One of my client's servers went underwater.
I have a good backup and would like to purchase a new server and do a bare metal restoral.
My question is in regards to licensing.

Do I need to purchase another license of the server operating system (Windows Server Essentials 2012r2) or can i just buy a server without an OS, do the restoral, and not worry about it?

The initial server was purchased from Dell, as will the replacement.

Looking in on backup options, for different scenarios. and trying to understand the difference between the two options google offers for backup, google drive and google storage (in google cloud platform).

Please advice
I have used Dell's FREE OpenManage software multiple times, but never http://www.bitcon.be/hp-oneview-for-free-yes-indeed/

Is above the recommended FREE software so I can view my HP DL380 server's raid rebuild status ?

If not, what is recommended ?
My Veeam backup server failed.
Would like to reinstall and make it up.
Appreciate if someone can guide how to recover a failed Veam server.
Backup files are safe in NAS.

Now we r running without a backup solution.
How can shadow copy backups of shared folders be setup within Windows 10?

In my other question Use shadow copy within Windows 10 to restore files contained within shared folders I learned how to setup and configure "Restore your files with file history".

However I'm also interested in how to setup shadow copy backups within Windows 10 where cached copies of file shares are retained and can be restored within Windows 10. I will setup these types of backups for remote users who don't come into the office so I will always have a way of quickly restoring any files that might be deleted or overwritten.

I know that this is possible since I have already seen some Windows 10 computer setup like this.

How can this be setup?

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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