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 have a micro sd card for my dash cam, it was working(recording) before I dismounted it. I have tried different card readers, no luck. One of the EEs suggested me to use a smartphone to see if it is readable. I tried, it worked for a short period of time.

I was wondering if EEs have any suggestion for data recovery service.
It is a 64G sd card.  thanks
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What is the best way to expand replicated datastore without breaking the replication in VMware?
I used to expand snapmirrored  NetApp datastore (NFS), but unable to do EMC's RecoverPoint replicated LUN.
Looking for a backup program that will backup all my data from my NAS to google cloud, synology has a option to do so, but for some reason it does not use the bucket I crate instead it creates a new bucket, and a multi regional, and seams to create extra traffic or space not sure but it cost me about $50 a month.  I switched to cloudberry whitch a licence for a year is ony $30 and it cost me for storage on google less then $2. cloudberry has many options I found useful a nice online portal but recently I encouraged a issue  with the backup, I am already emailing with them over a month and the issue is not yet solved.

Does anyone have any recommendation? appreciated.
On a single server I have four VM. All the VM are on RAID 1 with 6Gbps SAS drives with hardware RAID controller equipped with cache memory. Server capacity is 3 *900GB + 300GB
I am using native windows backup software & using portable USB 4TB HDD attached with USB 3.0. Backup is scheduled for night daily.
During the night no user is connected to the server.

As backup is taking too much of time now; I am considering to switch to NAS. Currently total daily backup size is 2TB (Full backup)

I am considering to use a NAS with RAID 0 to double up HDD R/W access speed. Would use two 1Gbps ethernet (Link aggregation)
I would map NAS using NAS iSCSI target feature with windows Hyper-V Windows 2016 iSCSI initiator feature & would schedule windows backup hoping it would reduce the backup time much.

First query: If the idea to use NAS is good enough considering the backup solution in a budget.
Second query: Which NAS should I choose:

NAS 1:  Western Digital or Netgear?
  I belive I must use enterprise grade HDD: https://www.span.com/compare/WD4002FYYZ-vs-WD40EFRX/57219-41629
Install Veeam Backup & Replication 9.5 but fails to backup any vm guest. The error message is "Not enough licenses". However, the license file has been updated properly inside veeam

Any idea ?

What is the recommended topology for a two site configuration for VMware vCenter and Site Recovery Manager?  Would there be any issues with all services (PSC, vCenter, & SRM) all residing on a single VM at each site?  Should each service be installed a separate VM (3 servers per site) or can I combine at least two of these services into a single VM (2 servers per site)?  If I am able to bundle two services into a single VM, which services can we safely bundle together?

Our environment is not too large, about 25-30 VM's in total.  I am trying to determine if I would be able to reduce disk space by bundling services into fewer VM's, but am unsure if that would cause any issues.

Thank you in advance!
I have a client that uses Outlook 2007. They have an on premise Exchange 2013. This user is the primary account that has all of the contacts and has shared them out to the other four users in the network. When you go to Contacts in Outlook, you can scroll down and see all of the intended names correctly. If you search for a contact, some of them are not indexed. An example I am using my name. I can see my name in the contacts list but cannot see the name when searching all contacts.

I have also logged into the OWA under this persons name and found the same issues. The other clients that have the contacts shared to them is working as intended although they only have read permissions to the contacts.

I have rebuilt the index on Windows 7. I have triggered the indexing inside of outlook to try to rebuild that index. I have also attempted to roll back updates prior to recent security updates for windows to see if it was a failed update. I have also exported all of the contacts to a CSV file on the desktop and can be searched properly with excel. I then tried to re-import them back and overwrite them but it made no difference.

I have exhausted all ideas and research on the net I can find. Does anyone have any golden information to offer to fix this?
Plz tel me the recovery key for

i need disaster recovery and backup for my small office of around 25 users
i'm currently running a sql server and dc on hyper v although running out of storage
i also use a nas drive
i would like to have this replicated to my home office
my office and home office has fibre broadband of around 50meg
i'm thinking maybe the following
buy 2 x draytek firewalls for home and office and setup vpn link
buy a new server running hyper v to replicate current servers to
buy something like veeam replication and backup to do the replication and backup
buy 2 x synology drives for home and office which replicate
any help or advice is appreciated

We used Commvault Simpana for several years for backup & archive.
Due to wrong decisions and configuration we ended up with a system that left our central file server scattered with stub files.
It was nearly impossible to get a view of all the files that were archived and replaced with stub files.
Top of it all we had a system crash of the commvault system with storage issues last year.

Management decided to fase out the whole system and invest in VEEAM as a backup solution and not to archive anymore becasue it was a pure vendor lockin.

We setup the VEAAM system and it works like a charm, it was a real relief to see how easy backup can be. But we were left with tons of stub files from the old commvault.
We tried recalling them which seemed to work fine if we triggered the files from the file server. The commvault plugin did not work somehow, so we had to script it to recall the files. The fastest and easiest way we found was with this command:

Get-ChildItem -File -Recurse | Get-FileHash

Seemed that some stub files did not recall and gave an error. We had to know which files were left behind and I would like to share the method we used to get this done. We started Powershell from the (old) Commvault server itself and issued this command from the root drive letter of the file server:

Get-ChildItem -Recurse |select name,attributes | Where-Object {$_.Attributes -eq 'Archive, SparseFile, ReparsePoint, Offline'} | Export-Csv …
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Someone asked me "What are some system and network admin interview questions I should be prepared to answer?"  I have no idea.  What can I refer them to or suggest?
I am trying to understand What Synthetic Full Backup backs up as data.
I thought it will create a full backup from storage and inject the incremental backup it has created the same day to the Full backup.

However looking at the Veeamone reporter, I see under Transferred (GB) column 48.13 GB,  it is less than the incremental one day before.

Any Veeam Expert to explain the report as shown in the screenshot below:

Thank you
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.
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?
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.
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.

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.
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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.
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 …
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.

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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