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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 just had tested a code which deleted an entire folder of mine!!
and created two files under that folder
Any way to recover?
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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.
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?
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Currently if I connect my second hard disk (which i suspect has some bad sectors) through sata, Windows won't able to boot.
However, I can view the hard disk through usb, or through linux live USB.
What can i do so that windows can detect the hard disk again?
I prefer to use windows interface to copy my files.

There is a problem with my hdd. I am trying to copy the files from it now.
I can't attach it directly with SATA as sometimes the hdd will become very slow (i.e 100kb/s) and my windows 10 will become halted.
I am currently copying it over usb cable.
The speed is average at 4 MB/s, but sometimes it will dropped to 100kb - 300kb (it can last for several mins to 15 mins, but it still running). The speed will pick up again ( 4MB /s) whenever I turn off and turn it on back.

Can I know what's the problem with the hard disk?
I will request for RMA after I copied all the files.

Data Lifeguard Diagnosis tool to check, this is the result I received "Test Result: FAIL" "06 Quick test on drive 2 didn not complete! Status code = 07 (Failed read test element), Failure Checkpoint = 102 (unknown test) Smart self-test did not complete on drive 2.
HDD with Windows 10-64 crapped out.  I automatically made full C: images weekly.  Now I have a new machine, also with Windows 10-64.  Windows on the new machine came preinstalled, along with other SW from the manufacturer, include hardware specific drivers, so I don't want to just restore the whole image.  However I would like to restore various programs so that I don't spend days installing, probably paying for many again because I have lost the PW / activation code, old version no longer available, etc.  Acronis does not claim this can be done.  I found a utility for about $200 that claims it can, but it concerns me.
Hello Experts, our current Back-Up environment was set to back to Magnetic tapes. Our current contract prohibits backups from touching the internet, so Cloud storage is out of the question.  So now my question what's the best media to use for backups, that need to be stored off site.  Thought about a NAS / SAN but unsure of how to move to offsite.  Manger doesn't want to have NAS at another location due to not being able to manage it.

Especially for flash drives
Basically i have essentials plus licensing with vdp, replication, and vcenter server appliances running.  All are the latest available from vmware.  I have three hosts in a cluster and i am using local storage for all three hosts.  I am doing nightly backups of all virtual machines and i wanted to do replication of VMs within this cluster to another datastore to provide another layer of protection for disaster recovery.  

With that being said i am worried that i will have trouble recovering if vcenter server is unavailable and i wanted to replicate it to another datastore as well.  I really can't find any information about doing this.  Any experts out there have any thoughts regarding this setup?
Working for a small law-firm client setting up a disaster recovery protocol, utilizing Acronis True Image with Universal Restore. I have used this solution before for other clients and it went flawlessly.

Source machine: Win7 Pro Acer 4GB RAM dual core. Did the Acronis image save and created Acronis Universal restore media.

Took an old box and attempted to restore to it and got BSOD, spent a day or two then bought a refurb HP Elite 8100 from Amazon with quad core icore 5 and 8gb ram.

I attempted Acronis Universal and it gets stuck on missing driver. So I went everywhere I could and got all the drivers I could However some drivers are EXE and I do NOT want to run those exe's on one of my production machines for fear that they will attempt to overwrite perfectly good drivers on the production machines.

Where can I get .inf, .sys, etc. PCI drivers for HP Elite 8100?

I used to rely exclusively on ExpertsExchange back in the day, now I find myself back into the trenches and wondering if you all are as good as you used to be.

Thanks in advance for your attention, regards,
I need to create a script to spin up an Domain Controller (RODC and Writable) from the script in the event of the emergency.  In case the DC  tanks Admins should be able easily spin up a replacement using a script.  This would eliminate a human errors and increase a recovery speed.
Can someone point me to the right direction, how its being done and experiences.
Thanks in advance!
Background:   iMac, Sierra.  There are damaged sectors.  There is a 30GB  Parallels file that appears to occupy some of those sectors.
  • I ran Disk Utility, which stopped as soon as it found a damaged sector, and reported that it couldn't help.
  • DiskWarrior showed a "preview drive"   I could only copy about 15GB of the Parallels file before I got an error message that file couldn't be copied.
  • Mac Data Recovery Guru - they found the sectors, kept running, but no Parallels file showed up on the list of recoverable files.
Is there any other software or method that can recover the large Parallels file, or enable me to extract whatever undamaged files are located inside?

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Long story short, I accidently deleted the volume using fdisk.  It had the Windows OS. I think  Windows 7 Professional on it. Nothing on there truly important but would save me a lot of time if I could just recover the volume instead of reinstalling everything. I have the HD attached to my computer now. Attached Pic shows HD as Disk 1 and missing OS is the Unallocated 450 GB partition. I have installed testdisk but it doesn't find any missing partitions. Not sure how to use it. Should I use one of the advanced options? Would appreciate any help, step-by-step on how to recover this volume.
Have a supermicro x8sax and cannot boot from USB even in the bios it's set for the first to boot
Looking for a software to clone my current c drive (with 2 partitions on it) to a smaller ssd both sets are in a raid config

Windows 10
we are in the process of getting a new backup solution  for following BCP plan

Phase 1
Data center Backup
Desktop Backup (Image and File /Folder ) -  which one is best Image vs. file/folder
Backup media  -  D to Tape / D to NAS   with NAS to NAS Syn.

Phase 2

Application level replication to Cloud with other extra features  like  recovery full recovery

I have 3 product in the list : Arc , VERITAS and commvault    . Please share your input on this
CrashPlan for Home is being discontinued.  I greatly depend on its ability to do computer-to-computer backups across the Internet, as opposed to cloud-based backups.  Unfortunately, this feature is not supported in CrashPlan's new "Small Business" offering.  What alternative solution can anyone recommend?  Ideally, it would:

  • Automatically back up the data on one of my computers and send it encrypted across the Internet to another one of my computers located on a different network.
  • Be easy to set up and maintain.
I'm replacing my server hard drive with a newer.
Any recommendation on a reliable cloning software

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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