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How to make a more compact Disaster recovery job?

Created: 14 Aug 2013 • Updated: 29 Aug 2013 | 4 comments
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When I follow the step by step guide :

I end up with a backup of my complete C drive that will be used as input for the creation of Disaster recovery Disc.

However my C drive is now about 164 GB (and will get even bigger in the near future). If I will backup this data on DVD's this will be a very big set of DVD's

I tried to deselected some folders from the default set, but immediately the "green light/notification" on the top is off, signaling that is will not be a disaster recovery anymore.

I cant imagine that all data must be in the joblog in order to create a backup set for disaster recovery?

Does anybody have some directions how to make a Disaster recovery set that will fit on a limited set of DVD's (like max 5?)

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Kunal.Mudliyar's picture

SDR DVD is not to store the data., its just to boot in a disaster recovery environment

You can store you data on a tape drive/disk drive

So in case of a disaster

You can boot from the DVD

Connect to the Media server  (local /remote)

It will detect the storage and you can restore like that.

The SDR feature will not work if the green light is off!

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pkh's picture

If you check the HCL below, you will find that DVD's is not supported as a backup medium.

BE 2012 HCL

You need to backup your C: driv onto some supported media, like tape or disk.  For potability, you can use a USB disk.  During recovery, you plug in the USB disk to the target machine, boot up from the SDR disk and then restore from the USB disk.

HerbertK's picture

Ok, I understand proces of making Disaster recovery media, but is it true that this media must contain the complete C drive? I have the experience/feeling that you cant turn of (for recovery) unimportant folders because immediatly the backup is not recognized as disaster recovery anymore?

pkh's picture

Yes.  Your backup set must contain the entire C: drive, including the system state.  If your backup set is valid for SDR recovery, then in the backup selection screen, the SDR light will be on.