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    Years ago we had an issue with an older 2003 server and exchange...the backup and restore preformed by a professional didn't do so well.

    We have a potential bug on our server that it's doing anything harmful, we know it's there and no normal means are able to find it and remove it. I don't want to discuss that in this tread as it's being discussed in other locations.

    We do the daily shadowcopy backups on the system.

    Here are my backup/restore questions:

    1. How well does it work? Is the restore process peppered with concerns since there exchange on these machines?
    2. Is it most likely that we are simply going to restore the same bug back onto the system or is the restore process a overwrite of system files and simply a restore of config stuff DNS, DHCP, Exchange
    3. Can it be restored to another server easily? In my case I'd like to go from our RAID5 SCSI to a simpler RAID1 SATA solution. Assuming I get the right sizes on the HD needs.
    4. Am I out of my league here and need a true profesional this time? Most people I know (professionally) with great Exchange and MS skills simply don't touch SBS boxes!

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    Re: questions about backup/restore

    What are you actually using for backup then? NTBackup or a third party tool to do the shadow copy stuff?

    Going to dissimilar hardware isn't really going to work, and if you do a complete system restore then that is going to bring across whatever the bug is.

    Personally, I would build another machine to keep the domain alive, then DR the original server. Bit of a pig to do with SBS, but can be done - it is effectively the swing migration method used for hardware upgrades, where you build the replacement machine with the same name etc and then restore the Exchange data etc.

    Take an image of the original server if you can and practise with virtual machines.

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      Re: questions about backup/restore

      I use the shadow copy feature.

      I'm getting in that mood again where I'm really sick windows servers and exchange! I canned exchange years ago and am having that feeling again!

      I was hoping in the 21st century Microsoft would start to figure out how todo backup and restores (especially with shadow copy) that can be used on disimilar hardware and still function. I get they are complicated machines but Apple has been doing quite well with this for years...even with servers with a few exceptions and hiccups.

      As you mentioned I'll start practicing in a virtual environment. Thanks.

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        Re: questions about backup/restore

        Sorry, you can't compare what Apple does with Microsoft.
        Apple are unique in having complete control over every aspect - hardware and software. That means that you aren't really restoring to dissimilar hardware because both the old and the new is under the control of Apple and they can therefore ensure that the software, drivers etc make the required adjustments.

        Microsoft runs on pretty much anything and while it has got better, it will not be perfect because of the multitude of hardware variations that are possible. It is even possible to have two seemingly identical chassis and the hardware is not the same inside.

        The only way that you can now get close is to use virtual machines. With the exception of the processor, everything else appears to the guest to be identical because the VM hypervisor is dealing with the driver and physical hardware interaction.

        Simon.
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          Re: questions about backup/restore

          Originally posted by carboncow View Post
          . I get they are complicated machines but Apple has been doing quite well with this for years...even with servers with a few exceptions and hiccups.
          When you control the Hardware, the Software and the Price, that is the result!
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