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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We currently use iDrive to back up all our files in our computers in case we need to restore. Now that one drive has file versioning, do we really need iDrive?  What would be the advantage of getting another system besides one drive to back up our files? I know that one drive holds it for about 30 days in the recycle bin if you delete a file and also they keep the file versions on hand.
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I have a RAID 5 array of 4 x 4TB disks, I want to swap each disk with a 10TB disk allowing rebuilding between each, then expand the array size at the end to utilise all the new disk space. I’m using Intel Raid web console 2.

I’m hoping the general idea is ok? I’m doing this to prevent data loss, otherwise it’s destroy the array and replace disks.

How do I remove safely and replace a good/configured disk?
Active directory was corrupted by bad VM memory. I do not have full admin access only vsphere access. DNS does not have domain or forest DNS Zones. Unable to manually build.  sysvol and netlogon unfixable. Finally after a week of having fun I did a bare metal image of DC1 (FSMO).  I am able to build from scratch (after demoting to member server) the same two servers back up and they are running fine. Good replication, Net share is good. However I do not want to use DSRM and recover the corrupted SYSVOL and NetLOGON. I have a full GPO backup, but I don't know how to backup only the Active Directory. I am working this weekend to get this fixed.  I have already tried restoring just NTDS and the log, verifying it is good and dropping it in the correct folders. I verified/fixed the permissions. Active Directory does not see the NTDS. HELP!
Hi Experts,

I've been using Mozy for cloud based backup (MS Windows client) for many years.
It is being phased out, and replaced by Carbonite.

I've just finished an initial Carbonite backup and it's telling me: "Your files are safely backed up".
But a manual check shows that many files are not backed up!
This issue is discussed here.

I do not want to persevere with trying to cajoling Carbonite into backing up all my files.

I'm looking for recommendations for alternatives.
Reliability and ease of use take precedence over cost.

I have DPM 2012 server with a single disk pool that needs to be replaced with a larger pool. Can someone please outline the process? Do I remove the pool from DPM prior to destroying the raid 5 array in windows? Once the new disks are added to windows and then DPM Will the backup jobs need pointing to the new DPM disk pool somehow?

Can someone please clarify how backup restore points and schedules work (we use Veeam B&R).

If I am backing up the C: drive everyday and have set 10 recovery points.

1. On day 1 of backup C:\MyFile.txt exists, then on day 2 that file gets deleted, at what point does that file become unrecoverable?
2. If a user has a file that changes everyday am I right thinking as it only hold 10 recovery points it's version will never be able to be restored further back than 10 days?

Hello I have a portable USB drive made by Q Memory. I have forgotten the password and unfortunately the files are encrypted. is there a way to retrieve the files?

We are looking at replacing our tape drive with cloud backup.  Having looked at Azure backup it looks very limited to what i can backup.  Running DPM looks like it caches the backup locally before sending to azure - which is  problem.
We use veeam on prem - i see they offer cloud connect - any good?
Any other cloud providers out there that simply copies the file up and restores them back?

Windows Server 2012 R2 server has an attached USB 3.0 4 TB drive attached and is dedicated for backups (Formatted in Windows backup just for backups). When Running a scheduled Windows Server backup the backup will stop at random times in the middle of the backup and dismount the disk. The backup will end up failing saying that it can't find the disk and the disk will be offline. The only way to get the disk to come back online is to unplug the backup and re-plug it back in. A reboot of the server will not even bring the disk back online.

When the disk is dismounted, the logs in Windows throw the following errors
Event ID: 14 - Volsnap - The shadow copies of volume \\?...8ee-4778-bc2f-cb437fbd30a3} were aborted because of an IO failure on volume \\?...8ee-4778-bc2f-cb437fbd30a3}.
Event ID: 157 - Disk - Disk 2 has been surprise removed.
Event ID: 153 - The IO operation at logical block address 0xc703168 for Disk 2 (PDO name: \Device\000001a8) was retried.
Event ID: 3 - FilterManager - Filter Manager failed to attach to volume '\Device\HarddiskVolume350'.  This volume will be unavailable for filtering until a reboot.  The final status was 0xC03A001C.
Event ID: 51- An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk2\DR148 during a paging operation.

It seems the disk is only ejected when the scheduled backup is running. I can intermittently run a one time backup and it will be successful.

Things I have done already
1. Made sure Windows Updates were installed and up to…
Hello we backup critical, financial files to the cloud and a domain controller VM. But we can’t afford to backup all the user and curriculum files, videos, etc to the cloud? It is massive, around 2TB. So what can we do for offsite backup of these folders?

Looked at google drive, as a school we have unlimited storage, and a sync tool but it never really got going, errors, 4K/sec...apparently down to the many small files and deep nested folders. Testing a single massive file and it worked ok.

in a mega disaster (someone’s cleared out all the on-site IT, which is kind of plausible) I need some offsite backup of everything....


Thanks for any ideas,
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I currently have a production site that uses ADFS for auth to O365 and other online software. These are all on WInServer 2012r2 servers. I need to configure a Disaster Recovery site with ADFS as well as a backup. My intent is to test it periodically (point other software to it temporarily during a scheduled outage to ensure it works) to ensure it works in the event of actual disaster. The configuration process asks "Create the first federation server in a federation server farm" or "Add a federation server to a federation server farm". I would assume i don't want to add a server, as it will "be a standalone" in the event of a disaster, and i ALSO don't want to interfere with my current ADFS system - it provides our enterprise email auth, to name just one critical app in production. Which should i choose, and any other thoughts/considerations?
What is a good paid for .xls password recovery software?
My customer formatted a CSV (Clustered shared Volume).
Now I need to recover a VHDx file from that .
is it possible to recover VHDx?
A little history before I get crucified. Not my circus and not my monkeys.. I have a soft spot for the down trodden.  

Have a client that is still break\fix. 4 years ago I warned them I was no longer supporting Windows 2003r2. 2 years ago I warned them the server (Dell T300) could die. Offisite backup no… still using a 2011 version of Symantec Backup and backup had stopped working a year previously. However, I do have good System State backup
RAID 5 failed and hot spare flaked out, so had to send the drives out for data recovery. Data was recovered. All user folders and other files I put on a temp server so they could access them. Now the remaining problem is that they had a program that used SQL 2005. I have got SQL 2005 to load on 2008R2 and run as long as I put all the SQL service packs on it. The database will not restore. Their previous server was also the domain controller.

The software company said they would help, but wanted $15,000 upfront. The main reason this place was still on this system was that the company only supported server 2003R2 and SQL 2005 which was why they were still on it. The client was moving away from this company, but needs their accounting from the old software.

I have a client that has a T300 in the closet that was a domain controller with server 2003R2. It never got demoted because the access to old accounting software wouldn’t run on newer version of server. I got it and have it in the shop and it still runs 😊 So I was wondering if…

I am looking for a backup and restore (Disaster recovery ) solution for my servers. I have 2 cluster SQL servers, application server, and 4 domain servers. I found many solutions like solar wind, Zetta , MozyPro, CrashPlan...etc. My data size almost 2T. I really need help with this. Can you help me or suggest good backup solution with affordable price?

where I can use the lto ,,, ? for archiving or data backup ?
I'm looking to fix a server issue at a client site where the backup server has died and thus is in dire need to be replaced.
The current used configuration is VMWare 5.5 but an upgrade to VMware 6.5 will take place very soon.
The backup server VMWare host had usually the DRP storage attached and the replicas of the servers are stored in it.
The backup server was connected at the Storage with a 1GB link passing through  a Cisco SG500 switch.
There are about 10 Virtual Machines, including highly consuming ones like a SMB server and a SQL server

With the replacement server, I have two issues / Questions :
-  the replacement server has no storage  available locally and I don't see the point in adding it because the Thecus storage has already enough disk space with fast drives. Is it possible to use this disk space to run the servers ? I'm 98% sure but I like the 100% :-)
- The connection between the Thecus storage and the Fujitsu storage would need to be upgraded to 10GB to make sure the response time between the storage and the server is kept  at a correct level. Is it possible to connect the 10GB RJ45 port of the Thecus storage directly to the 10GB RJ45 port of the server to establish a fast connection between both of them ?
- If it's possible, I'd have in mind to put two IP manually on each network cards like on the server and on the Storage to configure the ISCSI adaptor on the VMWare Host.
- I'm also wondering about the DRP …
Hello everyone,
Looking for some possible suggestions and best practices in regards to backup internet.  We currently have a primary internet provider and then a secondary provider that takes over should the primary go down.  My question is, what is the best possible way to test that the backup internet is working?  Without our primary going down, we don't have a good system in place to know that the secondary is working.  How frequently should we test the backup internet?  What should the procedure look like?

I appreciate all of your guidance and suggestions!
Ooops. I believe I have quick formatted the wrong HDD (Windows - NTFS).
Does anybody know of and has experience with a program (preferably free) that can recover pictures
and documents from a formatted HDD.?
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Had a Lenovo windows 10 laptop crash and it came up with Boot manager boot failed. It then progressed to the OneKey recovery screen with an option to recover. I presumed this would overwrite all data so I wanted to get some data off the disc first (I know it should have been backed up but it wasn't).

I removed the disc and put in an enclosure to attach it to another laptop.

When I had done this I tried to get to the folder where the files I wanted were but I could not access it. There were messages from windows that the disc had errors.

Chkdsk was run, although I think this may have been a mistake, and now I cannot even see the directory under which the files I want should be found.

I have downloaded a couple of 'data retrieval' apps but neither has been able to find the files I want to recover.

I am now at a loss what to do next.

I have considered going to professional data recovery experts but my wife won't sanction the expected expense.

What do they do ? Can I learn and do the same myself?

Is there anything further I can do to retrieve these files?

Any help would be gratefully received.

How delete an app that is locked?

I no longer use CrashPlan, but can not delete it, since it's locked. (Mac)

CrashPlan Locked
I can not log in since the account is gone.

I do seem to be able to access CrashPlan Service Preferences, but doubt they would do anything since there is no connection to the host.

I have a client who set up a Seagate Blackarmor NAS box a number of years back.  It has 4 Seagate 4T SAS drives in a RAID-5 configuration.
I was in their office last week and took a look at the device as it was running very slowly.  I looked at the front panel information (scrolled through the menus) and all four drives were listed as "Good".  The volume was listed as "degraded".

I looked at the web interface and saw that drive 3 was no longer part of the array (not sure if it said offline or bad).  I used the Action button to remove it.

I have since rebooted the box and now the volume is shown (on the front panel) as "Failed".  All four drives show as "good".  On the web interface, all four drives are listed as "good" but there is no volume shown.  I'm hearing no odd noises from any of the drives.

The client's backup is not as recent as he'd like, so he is very interested in trying to get this back up.  I realize that the safest option is to go to a (rather expensive) data recovery service.  He's not likely to want to go that route.

If these were NTFS-formatted drives, I'd have numerous options to analyze and possibly recover the data.  I'm assuming that the box runs Linux and that's not something I deal with except in very rare situations.

One option is to replace the drive that was removed from the array and see if it will recreate the volume.

I'd appreciate any suggestions on how to proceed.
Veritas Backup Exec 20.3 fails backing up System State since upgrading OS from Server 2008 R2 to Server 2012 R2.
Local drive backups work ok within Backup Exec, just not system state, a failure occurred accessing the writer metadata.
Vssadmin list writers shows all VSS services in a stable state
Wbadmin systemstatebackup works fine.

I did read that this can be caused when the Windows Recovery Partition is missing from within Windows Disk Management.
This is the case, yet wbadmin works ok, and I have 2 other identical servers also upgraded which work fine in Backup Exec
Hello Everyone,

I am trying to recover data from a faulty hard drive. I would like to clone the HD before starting the data recovery process.

does any on recommend a fantastic software to clone hard drive bit by bit. if free even better thank you for windows OS.

Thank you,

We have a laptop and due to GDPR, i have to encrtpt the laptop with Veracyrpt.
The staff had kept very valuable data on the Hard disk  desktop and didn't back it  up...

The laptop was not booting poperly and i removed the hardisk and and connected to the hardisk caddy to see if i can recover the data and unfortunately it detects the disk if i open , it says i need to format the disk before i use it.

If i clcik cancel it says F:| is not acessible, the volume dosent contain a recogonised file system.Please make sure that all the required file system are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted.
I tried mounting the hard disk through Vera crypt software and also using the rescue disk still it doesn't work.

Please help , the staff will be the most happiest if the data is recovered.
Any help will instructions will be great.


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.