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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Hi everyone,
                       iI have a serious issue: All my tapes in my tsm 6.4 are on filling status and unavailable/readonly access. Even if i label several fresh scratch tapes , after a couple of minutes the tapes goes from scratch to filling status and no scratch are available to reclaim, migration , move data,

Please can you help me with this?

Thanks in advance,
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We are looking to set up a point to point vpn with sonicwall on our end and watchguard on the clients end. We'll be using that to set up crashplan backup on virtual machines. Two questions.
1. Is it pretty straightforward to set up the point-to-point between sonicwall and watchguard?
2. Once that is established, would we need a backup device for each VM (say we have 3) or would backing them up to one device with designated partitions work ok?

We use VMware and VEEAM backup. Due to some database corruption on our Windows 2008 Exchange 2007 server, I am planning to run Eseutil /P and Eseutil /D on the server during this weekend.

The total size of the Mailbox database on the exchange is 365 GB and is hosted on D: Drive and the available free space on this drive is 800GB. I am planning to take a Snapshot or Clone the Exchange server before I run these Eseutil utilities.

After running these utilities, in case the database get into a problem and if data loss occurs, I can bring up the Cloned server OR the Snapshot.

In my situation please let me know what would be the best CLONING or SNASPHOT?
Any suggesting would be great!
Thanks in advance

Yesterday I unlinked OneDrive Personal to link up my OneDrive Business. I normally don't use OneDrive Personal but when my new computer was setup my personal account was linked (desktop, docs and pics). It synced alle my files and said it was full, I continued work on it since I thought it was stored locally on the computer.

I did a lot of work on a file stored at my desktop, which I saved multiple times during last week. Yesterday I unlinked the OneDrive Personal and linked up OneDrive for Business. Today I was going to edit the file again, everything was lost and it shows only the content of the file at the beginning (before edit started)

How can this be? Somebody else heard of this, found a solution?
Dear Experts

We are looking for backup and remote replication to achieve the  business continuity and disaster recovery at present we have server with vmware hypervisor we have vmware essential plus Vm running application server, understood from expert exchange expert we can achieve it though vmware essential plus, also we got proposal from the Quest BACKUP AND DISASTER RECOVERY SUITE- Rapid Recovery Soultion,  with Rapid Recovery solution, we can do following below given features:- Bare Metal Recoveries, Rel-Time Backup, Zero Backup Window, Near Zero RPO, virtual stand-By-Hosts, Compression, Dedupe and Encryption, Replication and DR .
would like to understand the difference between VMware disaster solution and Quest BACKUP AND DISASTER RECOVERY SUITE, if we go for vmware does it require vmware license at the recover site also in additional to primary site license, looking for cost effective solution please suggest .
Dear Experts

We have to setup  an application server which is web-based (LAMP stack) for which we are planning to procure the server with 10TB disk and with vmware hypervisor , the application  server will be running on VM, it is very much important for us to setup a disaster recovery and business continuity for example if server crashes or due to physical damage at head office (primary site)  goes down then  the  server at recovery site to ensure business continuity.
 we have 2 branch offices one connected with mpls vpn to the head office where this new server going to be setup and another office is having leased line connectivity. please suggest on the following and which is the best one recommended you can add other plans please
1. while purchasing the dell server is there software  if purchased and as well procure same identical config one more server and host it in the branch office, hence 2 servers of identical configurations and the software will mirror the volume and data - if primary site goes down the recovery site comes to live for the business continuity

2. OR should we have to look for automatic vm backup with veeam and this can be configured replicate from the primary site to the recovery site

please suggest thanks in advance.
Hello EE,

I have a data file in tab delimited format , I wish to create a new custom object of specific targeted data fields , then export each object as a individual text document . I scripted a simple import of csv with applicable headers  as per below  , with an rloc grouping . ' rloc' is the record locator . powershell group "values" output below.

How would I go about selecting specific 'segment types' example , NAM, FLT etc to reconstruct this into a specific data format as show immediately below this line . Each one will be outputted into an individual txt file for further processing. I have also attached sample data file .

.HDQRM1Z 131453
HDQ1Z *RLOC*/EQ43/67522766

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$datafile = gci 'C:\temp\EE_sample.txt'
$import = import-csv -Header "Rloc","Pnrline","SegmentType","PNRData" -Delimiter "`t" $datafile 
$groupedrloc = $import | group-object rloc -AsHashTable

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Rloc                               Pnrline                            SegmentType                        PNRData                           
----                               -------                            -----------                        -------                           
Rloc                               Pnrline                            SegmentType                        PNRData                           
AAAWMG                             1                                  NAM                                1.1TEST/MAHMOUD     

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EE Pros,

I have struggled over the years with backup devices and backup software.  I have some specific questions about a Seagate 4TB drive I just bought.  First of all, while the box sells the device as a cloud enabled solution, the cloud portion requires a separate fee with Seagate instead of a internet connection with the $150 device.  

Here are my questions;

When using the Seagate Dashboard, if you back up your harddrive, you get this incredibly long number that represents a backup.  The way I use to do it is  to have a DATA file on my harddrive and simply copy the DATA file over to a backup drive.  My hunch is that in order to back  up ONLY CHANGES to the Datafile on my harddrive, using the Seagate software, I must put up with the long number rather then  my own file names.  Is that true?  If so, I can select back up at a frequency, for example, "daily" and it should only refresh the changed data. Also, can I restore this data to another Windows 10 system or do I need to image the entire drive?

Any insight into proper tactics in backup and restore procedures would be appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

When creating a recovery image for my Microsoft Surface, I am supposed to start by creating a USB recovery drive and then download a recovery image for my specific Surface. This download is a zip-file, and after having decompressed its content, I am advised to drag all these files to the created USB recovery drive and replace all files in the target. However, in the decompressed Surface folder I find dozens of folders that seem to be language specific having names like "fr-ca", "hu-hu", "it-it", "ja-jp", etc. (See attached screen dump). Do I really need to drag all these folders as well over to my USB recovery drive? Is it not enough to only include the language folder I want to install?Screen capture of recovery image folder content
I'm having trouble wrapping my head around a clients DAG config.  They have a 5 Node DAG, 3 MBX servers in Primary Site and 2 MBX in Secondary site, no FSW.  Cluster Quorum is Node Majority.  When Primary site goes down, DAG copied in Secondary site goes Offline as Quorum is lost. What can I configure to have the DAG Copies in the Secondary site to stay operational?  Even if I put a FSW in the Secondary Site, the Cluster will ignore is because it's a 5 node cluster.
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I have a Samsung galaxy S6 (SM-G920F) from a friend. The display is broken (black screen). And additionally the cell phone is locked. :-(
So I can not make a data recovery/data transfer to another device since all is locked. I have tried Wondershare AND FoneLab software. There is a need to make a special order of pushing the home/power/volume-up-buttons. It onced worked, but not more anymore. Any other ideas how I can get the old data ?
(the cell phone is not rooted, USB-debugging is NOT turned on, I also tried OLG-USB keyboard to connect with no luck)
I have a PC at home with Windows 10 Home.  I have the primary OS hard drive; I only put OS related things on this primary drive.  I also have 3 other hard drives of varying sizes/brands; they are large sizes too that hold my Steam games, movies, TV shows, music, photos, etc.

How do I backup all my hard drives to one hard drive?  Does Windows 10 home have this already?  I believe I would need to get some 2-5TB hard drive to hold all the collective data from each hard drive, but what software should I use to accomplish this?  Will this software do regular backups?  I'm open to free and paid software recommendations.
I have a Kingston 16GB usb flash drive that does not show up anymore when I plug it into any computer.  
I have tried the flash drive in 4 different computers, bot PCs/Macs, and it's not recognized.  Is there any software out there that anyone knows of that will help me recover my data?

Here's what I tried:

Both of the above programs does not recognize the flash drive.

Here's what I've tried so far (no particular order)
1. under disk management (when I plug in the drive, a "removable" K drive does appear, and when I unplug it, it disappears
dskmngt2. under device manager, I updated the drivers for the root bridge
3. under disk management, I did a right click on hte K drive and did update drivers there as well
4. did a diskpart, list disk, and disk 8 shows no media, 0B, 0B for both size and free (I'm assuming same disk as in disk management), I tried to select the partition, but nothing worked
5. I went to kingstons website and googled for data repair software, couldn't find anything

Not sure what else I can do?  Any ideas?  I really need to get the data from the usb drive.

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
Just a follow up "opinion" question.  Once I received the expert advice I needed, I was able to restore a "bare metal" backup of my server that I had taken early in the morning on the day I got the virus attack.  Now that everything is working and "back to normal", I'm rethinking my backup strategy and have gotten opinions from a number of people about a number of different products.  My question is this.  Since I had such success restoring my server using the "built-in" Windows Server Backup feature, I'm wondering whether or not to use the "built-in" Backup and Restore features in the Control Panel for my Windows 7 and Windows 10 workstations.  Does anyone have any experience with these utilities (which claim to create a complete system image) and any opinions as to why I shouldn't just use these "built-in" backup utilities rather than spending more money on another company's backup solution?
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 ?

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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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Disaster Recovery

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