So, I'm looking at a bare metal restore situation with my current setup. Not sure if this is possible, but looking at a hypothetical restore path to bounce off of with some Server Fault gurus ;).
As of right now, our DC currently hosts our Exchange 03 services along with some IIS websites. We are currently using Backup Exec 11d to do our backups. It's on a weekly rotation with a full backup performed every night. If I find that we have catastrophic OS failure (putting me in the same place as if I were doing a bare metal restore), I will not be able to get back to point of operation (at least not easily).
I'm thinking that creating an image (using Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image) of the system would give me the base needed to get back to where we were. Even if the image gets to be 6 months old, as long backups were being performed to point of failure, the image could be reloaded and a restore of the last backup could be performed only putting us a day out from the point failure. Are there any flaws to this thinking?
What got me thinking along these lines in the first place is that while doing an inventory of all our software media, it would turn out we are missing quite a few disks in order to build a box from scratch that provides the same services (no Exchange 03 disks, no BackupExec 11d disks, no Windows Server 03 VLK). I am currently addressing this issue, but in the mean time, I need a plan for recovery. Any insight is appreciated.