Bare Metal Restore

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Looking for referals/recommendations for software solution to provide bare metal restore to different hardware. Note: SQL in use with medical data. Server is Raid 1, Win 2000 DC Would like to use workstation for bare metal restore in a pinch. Symantec claim to provide this but I'm skeptical.
ASKED: February 25, 2006  6:40 PM
UPDATED: February 2, 2009  6:01 PM

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you can use ghost to mirror your data drives but the sql won’t run on workstation addition and limits you to 10 connections. you can use in an emergency, but you could also back up to nas and access the data the same way. buy a second server and cluster them, then if one fails the other takes over the load. you need win2k advanced server to cluster them though.

EMC actually has integrated its product NetWorker with a BMR product, IndigoStone. It works well for all scenarios. Must be good for you too.

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  • Dcsys99
    The Symantec stuff works - even to different hardware. I've seen it. Its the old Powerquest stuff.
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    The Symantec stuff works - even to different hardware. I've seen it. Its the old Powerquest stuff.
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  • TJBaum
    In my limited research I came across Symantec's "Bare Metal Restore" it if it really does what the ads say then they really have something. I would like to hear for folks who are actually using this to get a feel for the product.
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  • Dcsys99
    BMR is another one that works well - even to different hardware. This is an add-on to NetBackup. I have seen it work as well.
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  • Benjamin92
    Bare Metal Restore software does work well to achieve this. I must point out that the older Veritas BMR wasn't worth the CD it was written to. Symantec's LiveState does claim to restore to dissimilar hardware, however it is a costly option as there is a basic suite with lots of add-ons and plugins to get the desired result. Additionally - one must remember LiveState that supports Dissimilar Hardware Restore capabilities is only in it's first generation. Ghost mirroring data is an option, however this is more of a cost-cutting way of achieving almost the result required. CBMR from Cristie is in it's 4th generation of performing dissimilar hardware restores and was one of, if not the, first company to develop this ability. I've tried it myself on a download evaluation to answer similar questions and I can report that it does work, and well! Restores were quick, which I wasn't expecting. The user interface is more friendly and intuitive on Symantec's livestate software but in my testing, CBMR is the more powerful software. Hope this helps, please let me know if you want me to explain anything further.
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  • Geddesb
    We are looking at this very concept. Two products stood out; Symantec Livestate & Acronis 9.1 Livestate appears to be the "Enterprise" version of BMR. Acronis looks very good too - Worked with Acronis version 8 which was an excellent imaging product (head and shoulders above Ghost) but V9.1 has incorporated "Universal restore" (Bare Metal restore) Haven't tested the products yet, so i'm still a sceptic.
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  • Dcsys99
    First, I've seen both LiveState and BMR work to different hardware. I work in disaster recovery. Second. Livestate and BMR are two different products. LiveState is more similar to Ghost. BMR is an add-on to NetBackup. I saw someone use BMR to recover 97 Windows servers to different hardware in less than 24 hours. (It took six people). I would classify BMR as the "enterprise" product. If your choice is is between LiveState and Acronis, I would go with LiveState. As for Christie - I've never seen it work without a big fight.
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  • Dcsys99
    First, I've seen both LiveState and BMR work to different hardware. I work in disaster recovery. Second. Livestate and BMR are two different products. LiveState is more similar to Ghost. BMR is an add-on to NetBackup. I saw someone use BMR to recover 97 Windows servers to different hardware in less than 24 hours. (It took six people). I would classify BMR as the "enterprise" product. If your choice is is between LiveState and Acronis, I would go with LiveState. As for Christie - I've never seen it work without a big fight.
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  • TJBaum
    Thank You, I have found you folks to be most helpful !
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