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  • Testing Backup Plan

    Hi All,

    We have a Dell Power Edge 2950 Server which is acting as Domain Controller & Exchange Server.

    Other Details: Win 2003 SP1, Exchange 2003 Ent Sp2

    Daily we backup System State & IS & weekly creat ASR Disks.

    Now we want to test our backup. Do we need test server with exact config. of prod. server or Can we test it on a Desktop Class Machine also.

    Thanks in Advance
    Cheers!!
    MCSE 2003,MCSA- Messaging 2003, VCP

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    Re: Testing Backup Plan

    Originally posted by entadm View Post
    [FONT="Verdana"][COLOR="RoyalBlue"]Hi All,

    We have a Dell Power Edge 2950 Server which is acting as Domain Controller & Exchange Server.
    Both roles on the same server? Doable but not preferred.

    Originally posted by entadm View Post
    Other Details: Win 2003 SP1, Exchange 2003 Ent Sp2

    Daily we backup System State & IS & weekly creat ASR Disks.

    Now we want to test our backup. Do we need test server with exact config. of prod. server or Can we test it on a Desktop Class Machine also.

    Thanks in Advance
    I should think that if you are testing a recovery plan, to be sure that it is sound, you're going to use identical hardware. Ask yourself: What would you do in a real recovery situation? That is what you want to test.

    The bare metal ASR restore is going to have hardware specific drivers, services, and components injected into it. How will the tape drive connect to the desktop class machine? It may work, it may not. If it does boot up, you may end up with ugly 16 color VGA. If it doesn't boot, it is likely Windows has no driver for the boot disk controller.
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