Ramon88 Posted August 7, 2008 Report Share Posted August 7, 2008 Can somebody tell me what the current possibilities are with the Disaster Recovery add-on? The information on the product website are not extremely conclusive and (I feel) might be outdated. This is all I can find (source: http://www.emcinsignia.com/en/products/smb/retroforwin/addons/ ): Disaster RecoveryThe Disaster Recovery add-on enables a bare metal system recovery for any Windows computers that are being backed up, avoiding time-consuming software installation and reconfiguration. Retrospect gathers the data required for disaster recovery as a normal part of the back up process and stores the required information on the backup media. Retrospect is unique in its ability to create a disaster recovery (DR) CD for any point in time when an incremental backup was performed. If a disaster occurs, Retrospect can create a DR CD, even for a computer that is no longer working. When a computer boots from the DR CD, it loads the operating system, drivers, and the Retrospect application or client. Then all files, folder, applications, and settings can be restored from the backup media. Even systems with RAID controllers, which require low-level device drivers, are supported. A single Disaster Recovery add-on license protects the Retrospect backup server and all networked client computers. This description suggests to me that it would allow the user to restore a server with a Retrospect 'produced' "DR CD" -ONLY-. So I need to have made a backup of that system and I then would only need to insert this CD into the system and it would be able to boot with it and access the needed files from the backup server's storage? What would be needed to create a restorable backup of a Windows 2008 server running MS-SQL? Do I need open file backup and the SQL add-on? What -exactly- can be done with this product and, very importantly, what can't be done with it? (For example, I figured it can't do a 'universal restore', which is a pitty, but 'bare metal' will do for now.). So far it's not very clear to me... Can somebody give me some pointers and advice. For reference, I'm exploring the possibilities for using Multi Server as a platform for all our backup needs of our online webservers running Windows 2003 and 2008. A lot of these servers also run SQL. So we are already considering getting the SQL add-on for handling specific backup needs of the databases. But this is something different. We have three needs: - Backup of systems (OS and installed software and all settings) - Backup, Duplication and Archiving of directories with data, like IIS logfiles, etc. - Backup of SQL databases. This topics question merely focuses on the first of our needs. But this way you'll have an idea of the 'complete picture'. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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