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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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V3700 Remote Mirroring

vmWare Essential Plus V5 - 2 hosts
Storage Lenovo V3700 v2 - iSCSI

I Need a solution of Disaster Recovery, so I will acquire other storage V3700 and active the feature called Remote Mirroring.  With this solution, all datas will be replicated in two storages.

Imagine the primary Storage fail. What will happen to VMs?
How do I configure vmware essential plus to VMs will be running in other storage ( mirrored)

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I am currently doing off-site testing of our backups and having a minor issue I was hoping someone could shed some light on or point me in the right direction for resolving.  We are a school district and our backup needs are not the same as a for profit business, so we are doing a mixture of backups both using backup exec, as well as nightly full backups using Windows Backup on a few 2008 R2 machines. Such as 1 domain controller that holds our FSMO roles, and our Mail Server which is hosting exchange 2010.

My problem is, when I restore the DC in our test environment, FRS is not up and running for several hours because it cannot find the other 2 domain controllers we normally have in our production environment. So AD is not fully up and running.  After a few hours of sitting, it magically starts working and event logs showing FRS is no longer preventing the machine from being a DC.

Is there something I can do to quickly resolve the issue in case of a real DR situation?  Once its fully up, I just do a metadata cleanup and remove the other DC's replicas in my test environment, but can't do that until FRS is up and running.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!  =)
We are restructuring the ownership of documents with new staff/teams being formed.

We currently have IT Applications teams (who run IT Quality Management & still running it), IT Security Governance
(new team), IT Infra Ops.

In general practice (or commonly adopted out there), which team or person owns the 4 documents below:
1. IT Application Delivery Framework :  applications PM, IT Security governance, IT Quality Managemt, or ?
2. Vendor & Contract Management Framework : applications team, IT Security governance, IT Procurement or ?
     (a mix of IT applications, infra, security vendors but most of the vendors are applications vendors)
3. Project Management Methodology : applications PM, IT Quality Management, IT Security governance or ?
4. DR Plan : We don't have a DR team;  so hv to choose betw IT Ops, applications team, IT Security governance or ?

Any authoritative references (eg: NIST, big four consulting firms papers) will be helpful.
I have a Hyper-V Server 2016 setup (the free one).  I experienced a system failure and have to rebuild.  How do I create a system image backup for disaster recovery that I can use when I boot up to the server setup and choose system recovery image?  All the information I can find expects a full Windows server install with GUI.
I have a Lexar Flash Drive, 128 GB and I need to do some data recovery.

Any suggestions on software that I could use, or is a professional service preferable?

Hi All,

I have a dilemma and wanted to get some feedback.

We have some Hyper-V server hosts that are lease is up and management is sending them back to Dell and a new Hyper-V server is being built as we speak.

The issue I am most concerned about is that the FSMO role holder virtual is on the Hyper V host that is going back.
This VM is currently backed up daily with VEEAM.

Here are the options for moving and or removing this server off of our host that is going back and not taking down our whole Active Directory.

1. Move FSMO roles to Physical 2016 DC, and move DC to new server and import into new host.
2. Restore Virtual to new host with VEEAM. ( I am concerned with different versions of Hyper V backing up and restoring too)
3. Demote the DC all together after transferring FSMO roles and rebuild new DC on new host.

The reason we use a virtual is because of back up.  I back up the physical DC but only C drive and system state.  VEEAM backs up the whole DC.

Any thoughts or new suggestions are appreciated.

Thank you,

What are the differences between Veeam Backup Standard, Enterprise, or Enterprise Plus software?

And what is a perpetual license agreement compared to a subscription license agreement?
So a customer accidentally formatted a 2TB hard drive to NTFS. I used the usual techniques to try a recovery but nothing worked (Testdisk, Ontrack).
After discussing with him it looks like the drive was previously HFS.

I was wondering if this new information can help me? I never tried a recovery from HFS but I don't think it should be very different with Testdisk.
I have a Dell Vostro laptop with a 500 GB SATA hard dive
-      My client accidently spilled water onto his keyboard but did not pull out the battery while attempting to remove as much water as possible from the keyboard. He let it dry over night before actually pulling out the battery the next day
-      He let it dry out a few more days.
-      Powered up the laptop and it posted “No Boot Device”. Confirmed the BIOS does not see the HDD
-      He brought the laptop to me
-      When removing the back cover to view the hard drive, I saw some rust and corrosion on the controller board. I removed the controller board to clean off any corrosion on the board and contacts. Reconnected. Still, the pc post shows no hdd connected.
-      I then inserted the drive into a USB HDD dock. The drive would spin, makes a couple of “clattering” sounds but never see the drive
-      No backups
-      He also stated that the laptop has never been dropped

My question is
-      Is it worth trying to locate an identical hard drive and transfer the controller board to the defective hard drive? Like I stated above, the drive does spin up. I’m just wondering if the circuit board is damaged, which I’m sure it is -  is it possible to get the drive to be recognizable by the computer?
-      If not, I will have to send out the drive to a data recovery center
EDITED 12th Oct 18
  • Summary
  • We have attempted to run Microsoft Azure Site Recovery (ASR) - Hyper-V Replication without success.
  • We are running Windows Server 2016 with 3 VMs
  • The ASR service has been installed by an external service company
  • We have been able to successfully complete the initial backup of the servers to the cloud
  • However the system  cannot keep up to date with the amount of changes on the server
  • All the upload bandwidth is being saturated (80 Mbps) and not keeping up with changes
  • (See attached screen shot of message from ASR)

These are the answers I received from the service company to my questions:
1. Could you tell me what the replication method we are using is called.
Azure Site Recovery - Hyper-V Replication
2. What the problem is. Is it the MySQL databases?
We don't know if it is the MySQL Databases for sure. As explained before the problem is too many changes are being made and the Azure servers cannot keep up with the constant changes.
3. Is the problem correctly described as being too much “data churn”?
I have forwarded the screenshot I had of the exact error message. (see uploaded image)

The service company cannot resolve the issue and say it is up to us to solve the data churn issue
They have asked Microsoft for help but they say they cannot because the issue is likely with …
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Is it OK ?

At the least I would have thought the PCB was to be avoided

The drive needs to be data recovered before it was handled but it struck me as careless handling .....
I'm looking for the best tape backup devices that plugs directly into an RJ45 network and that can be used with backup programs such as Veeam, Backup Exec, and Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) that can backup Server 2016 and VMware networks.

I'm looking for a self-contained tape backup device that doesn't need to be connected to a server using a SCSI, USB or other method and that plugs directly into an RJ 45 network with a network cable. I'm also looking for a single tape backup device since I will be able to manually swap out the tapes as needed.

I have a unique small business network that requires that tapes be used to store the backups.

What are the best tape backup devices that can do this? We are more than willing to purchase used tape backup devices.
Need to buy a USB To SATA Hard Drive Adapter kit. What's a recommended adapter kit?  I need to recover data from an old SATA drive to my Microsoft Surface Pro Laptop.
I have a Server 2016 Hyper-V base server with 6 Server 2016 Hyper-V virtual machines that I need to backup.

What is the best Veritas Backup Exec product and licenses to purchase for performing this kind of backup?

Will purchasing Backup Exec from the URL below allow me to do a complete backup of this server or will I need to purchase additional licenses or options?

Hello EE,
We are looking at Commvault for backups and I was wondering if anyone else has put it in and can share:
1. What you love about it
2. Biggest challenge
3. Lessons learned
I need to install Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) to back up a Server 2016 Hyper-V base server and the 10 Server 2016 virtual servers that are running on this base server.

I already have a Server 2016 virtual server setup with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2016. Is it best to install DPM on the base server, on the same server running SCCM 2016, or on its own Server 2016 virtual server?
Please provide me with guides on implementing & configuring Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) backup within a Server 2016 Hyper-V environment that has a Server 2016 base server and 6 Hyper-V virtual servers & that will be backing up to a NAS.

I need to make sure I can successfully restore the entire base server and all virtual servers if necessary so that no configurations or data is lost in the event of a restore.
Hello EE,

I am trying to explain to management the need for a fire suppression system in the new data center.
I am being asked to provide a representative timeline and milestones to get a data center back up in the event of a fire.

Does anyone have a real life example as our options are:
1. fire suppression
2. enough bandwidth to mirror all sites to another site so could work remote via VPN (but the bandwidth for 1TB-2TB files can easily offset a fire suppression system cost)
Dear Experts Exchange,

I have some old JPG files since 2003, which were corrupted I think straight from the camera (Canon Ixus). I have kept them because I hoped one day I would find some tech that could recover the underlying images as they are of the family. Can you help?

I have tried a bunch of jpg recovery apps over the years, and sent them to an 'expert' once too. No joy.

I see you have a case where someones corrupted disc had 0x0 resolution jpgs. And it seems to have been fixed. Can you help me?

I have added some example jpgs below.

Regards Andrew

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Don't have much documentation at my new place and I wanted to know where to begin to understand our DR/BDR information.  I specifically wanted to know what it costs the company to be down for an hour or a day and so forth.  Since we don't have much documentation, it is really hard to understand or where to begin.
I have a LG Gram with 1TB of SSD.  It is partitioned into drives C, D, E, F, and G.  It stated acting really funking following some sort of uSoft C++ update yesterday.  It would lock up, or be really slow, or OK performance but the cursor would constantly blink with a action "circle."  So I reimaged from a Acronis True Image image of two weeks ago.  TI says it has successfully been restored, but it will not boot.  I figured out the BIOS entry, but regardless of boot order it falls down to "Start PXE over IPv6".  I have been struggling for two days, so decided to give up and just do a factory reset, but cannot find how to trigger that.  Meanwhile, I came across WIN RE, which might fix my boot issue, but I cannot find any instructions on how to get into WIN RE except by first selecting it then restarting from Windows 10.

I would like to give WIN RE a go before I go the nuclear route.
Attempting to restore 200r2 server from Windows Backup on a 2TB Seagate Portable HDD and recovery isn't recognizing the drive.  Not only that but the server is either not booting or booting extremely slow when the drive is even plugged into the server.  I can plug the drive into a Win10 machine and it's recognized (and can see the data on it) normally.
What are the best practices in light of ransomware attacks. I've had a few local non rotating backups get bricked because of ransomware. I do have remote backup, but is everyone resorting to rotating backup drives?
Dear all,

I'm really stuck for a backup solution for a client of mine. What I am trying to achieve without spending any more money is as follows:

Back up an Archive folder that is on the Synology and a full weekly backup of the server (stored in a share called Weekly Backup on the Synology) to a USB drive plugged in to the Synology which is then removed every Monday and swapped for the other USB Drive.

The set up is as follows:

1 x Dell Poweredge Tower Server running 1 x VM Server 2016 as a domain controller

1 x StorageCraft ShadowProtect SPX software installed on the VM, backing up to:

1 x Synology DS216 NAS Drive which has 1 of two 4TB USB Hard Drives plugged in to it on a weekly rotation.

The way I have it set up at the moment is for ShadowProtect to backup the server to the Synology daily but carry out a weekly backup each Friday night and store it in a different folder on the Synology.  I then use HyperBackup on the Synology to back up the Archive Share and the Weekly Backup Folder to the USB Drive every Saturday (I have 2 backups set up, one to each USB drive, 1 backup will always fail each week as the wrong hard drive is plugged in but that's the only way you can do it)

The issue I have is that the Weekly Backup folder contains backups that always have unique names, even though it only ever contains 1 weekly backup the differing names mean that they keep accumulating on the USB backup filling it up.

I only ever need 1 weekly backup stored …
Have an AD server at the main office and a failover server in a branch site
In addition, I have other servers and PC's in the main office which is being replicated to the branch office.

My question: I have in the branch office a PC which I want to replicate to the main office, can a server act as a primary server and replica?

All server/PC are hyper-v, Server 2012, in the same domain.

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.