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Restoring to different hardware? Bare metal recovery?

Created: 08 Apr 2009 • Updated: 21 May 2010 | 4 comments

My company uses Backup Exec 12.x.  My question is, while we perform backups nightly to tape with Backup Exec 12.x what happens if we have a hardware failure where we need to restore the data and system state to alternative hardware?  The way I see it is we would need to be using different software and doing bare metal recoverys.  Do I have to purchase System Recovery for this or is there a addon for Backup Exec 12?

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Ben L.'s picture

By alternative hardware do you mean a completely different server or just replacing a hard drive or a motherboard type of thing?

Also will you be using IDR or just a standard DR?

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ksup's picture

I mean a totally different system, say for instance the backup tape contains the system state and data files from a dell server and the only server to restore to is an HP.

Ken Putnam's picture

bare metal recovery to different hardware is not something BackupExec does well.  In v11 they Introduced SRO the System Recovery option

in v12 it is a separate product Backup Exec System Recovery

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DaveH 2's picture

We purchased Backup Exec System Recovery over three years ago when I was formulating our company's Disaster Recovery plan. Three years later having successfully performed three annual disaster recovery tests, recovering from failed server hardware, and executing a real disaster recovery to bare metal hardware and single-handedly getting 20+ servers with multiple terabytes of information up and running in less than 36 hours, I can tell you without hesitation it has worked well for us and was worth every penny we spent for it.