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 have an Exchange 2010 environment with several mailbox servers a single DAG and one CAS/OWA server. (we are unable to upgrade the version yet due to compatibility issues but we are working on it)

There were some issues when we were originally transitioning from 2003 so the Exchange admin at that time never implemented a CAS array.  

As part of our Disaster Recovery plan I would like to set up a second CAS server in our DR/colo site and have mail automatically flow through it should my primary site go down.  Of course mail has to keep flowing while I set up the new server and move over to the new array.

My question is is it possible to set up a new CAS server, create an array and move over to it without causing an interruption in mail?  Would my users continue to get mail from the stand-alone CAS server while I am transitioning them to the array?  what would be the order of steps to implement this change?  

As an added complication we are using VERITAS Enterprise Vault to archive our mail so we need to maintain Enterprise Vault integration in OWA.  But this is not a part of my original question.

Thank you.
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Hi Experts,

DR scenario,
 
We have 2 ESXi hosts that share an direct attached storage. If the shared storage failed how could i recover the VM's on the 2 hosts as i could not use Vmotion to move the VM's from the shared storage?

Thank you
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I am setting up a disaster recovery site, and I want to add a domain controller offsite. My current site has two domain controllers. I would like to add a 3rd, and replicate changes there. What would be best way to connect these sites for replication? VPN? Would it have to be a two way, or could I simply add a VPN connection to the remote site on the main DC to allow it to sync? I am running Windows Server 2012.

Thanks in advance!
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Hello everyone,

To give some background, we have a production server and a development server. Both are backed up with image-level backups (as well as file-level). The decision was made to remove the current development server and restore production as a new development. This was done using the production backup image.

The image was restored to a separate non-domain subnet, where the hostname was changed and moved to a workgroup, along with a service change (enabled/disabled) and a few application changes to stop mailflow. The VM was then migrated to the domain subnet. When that happened, the production server lost the domain trust.

What am I doing that would cause the server to lose domain trust? Is there a better way to do what I am trying to do?
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I have a Toshiba laptop Satellite S55. Recently the hard drive crashed BIG TIME.  Obviously I'll need to replace it.

I hate to say this, but it seems that I do not have a backup for everything on the drive, just programs and data that I saved to an external hard drive.

The computer came with the Windows 7 built-in, no installation disk.  Is the OS ON the crashed and worthless drive or is it stashed away someplace else on the computer so recovery is possible? There's a permanently attached label on the bottom with a Microsoft product key on it.
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We have a discussion between the infrateam which states that SRM failover should be sufficient and the sharepoint team that states that a cloning strategy should be provided for situations related to human error.
What's your take ?
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or does cloning have to be part of a true disaster recovery strategy.
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We have an APC SURT5000XLI UPS that will not power up.

It just has an illuminated Fault LED, and the 3rd and 4th Battery Level LEDs on. See embedded image.


LEDs on front of APC UPS
Can anyone translate what its trying to say? I can't find a fault finding guide anywhere, other than 'engineer required'. Such an engineer scratched his head, and said it needed replacing...

Thanks
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I no longer have support on this machine and EMC is asking almost $3k with no guarantee this can be done or at least they will not give me a definite answer.  Is there a way to reset the sysadmin password or factory reset the device?  We do not need any data from the DD since we have not used it in about 2 years.
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we have not included some small application running for company internal applications . we are in the process of getting  centralized backup solution  . is there any way we can get the one time backup and copied into external HDD . or any other third party application to get this  bare metal backup
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I did a Veeam Exchange restore and exported the three pst files to the desktop.  I then copied the files to my computer so that I could open them in Outlook 2016.  Unfortunately I get an error message saying "File access is denied. You do not have the permission required to access the file Blah Blah.pst".  

I edited the files and added full permissions for myself and even the "Everyone" group but still get the same message, any ideas please?
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i have a veeam Job which backup 6 vms(jobname= job1). Sudenly this Job not working any more , after that i cloned this Job (jobname= job1.clone) and work good at the Moment.
but still exist on the NAS storage , .vbk and vbr files. they are prox :900 gb .of Course i would like to use this space for job1.clone Job.

i changed restore Point under job1 and deleted part of vbk,and vrb. But still there is data which i cant delete manually.

Please help to delete These old files.

Thanks in advance
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Hi folks,

I recently inherited a Quantum-branded Certance LTO unit complete with tapes. Most tests pass, but as soon as the drive gets to writing 13GB of data, it fails. Does anyone recognise this symptom and have an suggestions for a fix?

Thanks.
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I have a synology with 2 4TB HD raid 1 and 1TB of data (as per the data analyzer tool on the synology, and ThreeSize) but is the disk overview it shows 98% full

Please advice
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I am trying to copy our windows server backup drive to another hard drive, restore this to a different piece of equipment, and then recover back something from 1+ month ago.

I was able to restore this to a virtual machine. However, I was not able to restore back any individual files / folders from using windows server backup. Using the windows server backup to restore it says the drive is offline "the disk that contains the backup is either not online or is not accessible" clicking any of the different backup dates. I guess since this is a copy it is looking for something specific... how would i mimic this onto the copied disk so i can access the recovery data?
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I'm not very Famaliar with drop box

So dropping a folder doesn't move the folder it just adds a short cut to the drop box folder as a wish for it to sync it - correct ?

Thanks
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When I hook up a Win7 drive to a slaved hdd I have no permission to view files

When I click next on the user it fails after taking forever (done loads of times)  

So without file permission issues can I use knopix or something ?
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1tb for 100 euro and I like the interface

But a mate got an encryption Virus and after a sync that's all he was left with - was .bac7 encrypted files in Dropbox

Would keep versions help - it's an option in Dropbox or once a file is deleted or renamed the  incremented back up file will be gone as well?

Thanks
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Looking for a new server which will be a domain server/file server/exchange/and terminal server

Currently there is 10 users but estimated to grow in the next 5 years to about 20 currently have 10 mail boxes estimate over the next 5 years to go up to 35 terminal server will start with less than 5 but maybe over the next 5 years will switch more office staff to terminal server.

The way I would architect this, 2 servers one for exchange a domain and one for file and terminal, the terminal server should be a box that can expend so if we decide to move to terminal it can be upgraded.

Also would add power so each server can back up to each other and in case of deserter host for temporary.

Does this make sense or am I off? Also what spaces would you recommend?
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I installed Crashplan on a windows machine and have a mapped network path as drive letter f: and crashplan cannot back it up, but on a MAC I installed Crashplan and it can backup the same network path. What is the limitation in windows that prevents this and is there a work around? I have even attempted mapping the drive in windows then creating a symbolic link and it still does not work.
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I want to do a backup with robocopy for 3 folders would the flowing be the right way to do it?

robocopy
f:/ data \\DC2\Backup /mir /r:1 /nfl /ndl /copyall
f:/ clientdesktops \\DC2\Backup /mir /r:1 /nfl /ndl /copyall
f:/ clientdocuments \\DC2\Backup /mir /r:1 /nfl /ndl /copyall
/log+:f:\Reports\robocopy.txt
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Hello experts I've got a laptop that was dropped, now it wont boot.  I've taken out the HDD connected to USB to atempt to recover data, however I having some issues.  Is there any thing special i should be doing since its a GPT not MBT?

Thanks in advance.
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Installed SP SPX. Made a MIXED backup schedule. If I want to restore the full volume, what do I chose from the list of backups - the base image, or the most recent incremental image. If its the most recent incremental image, I take it the base backup in restored as well. Yes?

Win7Pro/64
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We were getting a replace battery pulsating beep and have since purchased a Tripp-Lite Smart1500LCD.  However, there's some UPS curiosities that have come up and I hope to have answered here.  

    Does everyone always replace the UPS unit or do they ever simply replace the battery in the unit?
      The servers were shutting down as if there was a power outage on the APC Smart-UPS SC 1500 but there was no outage.  Why would this happen?
        Tripp-Lite Smart1500LCD has a USB cable for initiating safe shutdown of my ESX Host.  How do I ensure that process works?
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        Hi friends,

        I'm in (preemptive !) need for some bootable antivirus rescue disk for offline scanning of Linux systems - preferably a flavour that could be banned onto a bootable USB stick and with good test results ...

        Any recommendations ?
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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.