Appropriate disaster recovery for Windows server 2003?

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Backup and Recovery
Disaster Recovery
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Tape backup
Windows Server backup
What's an appropriate disaster recovery plan for Windows Server 2003? What steps do I need to take to be able to rebuild my server from only tape backups? Do I need to reinstall the OS or can I simply restore? What programs do you use?

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Windows server 2003

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It depends on how much you are willing to pay and how much work you are willing to do. Typically you back up data and in a DR install the OS and programs and then restore the data. We use Tivoli Storage Manager and a bare metal restore is an option you can use for an additional purchase of TBMR. But this is a highly involved setup we use for all backups – 800+ servers. Symantec Netbackup is a lot less involved but does not have as many features or options. It just depends on what is available according to the budget you have to work with.


I agree with Technochic. There are various levels of recovery with particular to RPO and RTO. RPO is Recovery Point Objective (to what point in the latest backup you want to recovery to) and RTO is Recovery Time Objective (to how long would be acceptable to recovery such server. For simplicity, I would setup an identical server on the DR site and use a “replication” software which would send the “changes” over to the DR server. Replication software I would look at would be XOSoft suite or DoubleTake.

Then you can add backup software in a B2D2T configuration.


It is not a good idea and I don’t personally recommend you to immediately rebuild your server by reformatting the entire content of the hard disk drive. The best thing you can do is to continuously backup your files manually and in incremental ways. It is also important to create the system restore so that you can assure the safety of your computer system.

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  • Voodooclanboy
    Hi all, ITKE, Ghost is an option for the same. Symantec also has a good option.. With that you can create a boot CD, create a image of the hard drive to an external drive, and boot with the CD and restore the entire computer. I would suggest you to go for todo-backups.which is an east process of universal restore.I am attaching the link for the step by step detailed instructions for the process. By the way, this is not free: Hope it helps you out Thank you Anil LEPIDE
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