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BE 2012 Simplified Disaster Recovery - does it work?

Created: 07 Feb 2014 | 4 comments
bert.geiger's picture

Hi folks,

I have tried a number of times to recover a remote computer via BE2012's offline (i.e. bare metal) SDR, but never got it to work.

There is no single point of failure - in every scenario (different customer sites) it stopped at a different point:

1. no trust relationship established with the temporary machine (got past that)

2. no restore selections visible for ANY backup (despite there being a number of SDR-successful backups)

3. restore selections visible, but after starting the restore job, nothing happens.

The knowledge base is not really helpful; naturally I took care to have a current BE, OS (W2K8 R2)  and recovery disk (32 or 64-bit) and successful backups.

I would just generally like to know whether anybody got it to work "out of the box"



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sidd3009's picture

Hello Bert, 

I usually refer to the following for perform a restore using the SDR feature and it works fine: 

1. Best practices for Backup Exec 2012 Simplified Disaster Recovery
2. Step by step guide for Simplified Disaster Recovery (SDR) with Backup Exec 2012
3. Video on Backup Exec 2012: Bare-Metal Recovery
I'm hoping that it helps! 


Siddhant Saini
Senior Technical Support Engineer, Symantec Corporation

pkh's picture

Have you tried using the .dr file to specify the backup set that you want to restore?

bert.geiger's picture


all I want to hear is a success story!  Believe me, I've tried a lot, and yes, I know all the documentation (I am teaching BE since 2001). I want to be able to tell my students "Yes, given the right environment, it works".

SYMC employee comments are also welcome :-)



pkh's picture

I have successfully done SDR restores using the .dr file


BTW, what do you expect the Symantec employees to say?  That SDR does not work?