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What is the best place to back up files for disaster recovery?

In my case, its about 1 or 2 terrabytes of images, etc. for my design firm. Any ideas? Thanks!
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Backup Linux to Windows Remote Site

We have two sites, one linux (Ubuntu) based, the other windows based which we would like to connect permently over VPN (using openVPN). We need to backup some files on a number of linux (Ubuntu) ...
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Data Recovery from external drive that used to be ext3 but then was formatted

Someone brought me an external hard drive that used to have ext3 partitions. He said that he was trying to install fedora core 10 on his machine, and left the external drive with his backups plugged ...
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Backup Exec and SharePoint Gotchas

We have Symantec Backup Exec 12.5 installed and configured to back up our SharePoint servers. The farm consists of: 1 virtual web/search/Central Admin server (soon to be extended with a second WFE) ...
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Accidently overwrote system.dbf - What now?

I accidentally overwrote system.dbf in /usr/lib/oracle/xe/oradata/XE/system.dbf Well I did not actually do it accidentally, however I overwrote it because of other failures in the database. And when ...
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RAID 5 RECONSTRUCT with RAID Reconstructor

I have Dell Poweredge server 2600 with Raid 5 in 3 hard drive Scsi 36gb each, it was fail to boot sinc the third drive is offline. I attached Sata card adapter to Sata hard drive and install OS ...
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DR - Server 2003 Std SP2 Restore AD to different hardware

What I'm trying to accomplish might be the best way to start this. I have to do a DR test. I'm given 2 days to rebuild AD, Fileserver and SQL from scratch from Dell/IBM hardware to HP Server DL380 ...
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What's the difference between a Disaster Recovery Plan and a Business Continuity Plan?

I used to think both terms referred to the exact same thing, but one of my clients just requested to have a look at both documents. The request emanates from the security department of a very big ...
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SQL Server Sync Jobs Betwen Primary and Secondary Server

I am setting up a Standby Server for disaster recovery and high availability reasons. My product relies heavily on SQL Jobs, as such, these jobs need to exist (Disabled) on the Standby server. I have ...
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Battery Backed Write Cache

I recently got some U server price quotes and some of them include BBWC: What exactly does it do? Is it just for RAID configurations? If there is a power malfunction, isn't the data loss ...
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SQL Server DR Strategies with virtualisation & multi sites

I'm looking for advice on the best HA/DR strategies for SQL Server. Currently I'm using Express edition with backups being copied over a the WAN to a remote site and being restored. The SQL Express ...
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Best way to replicate / mirror 100s of databases in SQL 2005

I currently host around 400-500 SQL 2005 databases of varying sizes (1-10 gig) each. I am aware of most of the different methods available and the general pros/cons of mirroring, log shipping, ...
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Is the windows event log the only place to perform a post-mortem after a server crash?

A couple of days ago one of our web-servers went down in the small hours. It wasn't responding to any remote requests (to be honest I don't know if it would have responded if a USB keyboard and ...
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Bare-Metal Restores of Linux Servers with Tivoli

We currently use IBM Tivoli to back up our Linux servers and we are looking for suggestions on the best way to restore to bare metal. I've read IBM's doc on this issue. Is that still relevant or is ...
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High server availabilty for a small business

After having a bit of scare with a server that wouldn't come up one morning, the higher ups have decided that the business needs a high availability / fail over setup. We have 5 main servers (4x ...
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Unmount a nfs mount where the nfs server has disappeared

Server A used to be a NFS server. Server B was mounting an export of that. Everything was fine. Then A died. Just switched off. Gone. Vanished. However that folder is still mounted on B. I obviously ...
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Disaster Recovery strategy implementation

I looked a little bit around at other questions, and none of them really answered what I needed to know. What are the steps I should take towards building an efficient disaster recovery strategy, both ...
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Best DR option for two web servers located in different sites

We're looking to improve our Disater revoery and fail over capabilies or our Web server and Webpshere applicaiton server. We have 2 sites in the UK [HQ and Callcentre] and want to host a DR ...
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Exchange data recovery

I'm trying to do something a little bit obscure, if not to other people at least to me. My current task: Sneak into the (possibly corrupted) data of a Windows 2003 server hard drive, and extract the ...
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Automated bare-metal recovery practices for small network

I have several machines which are on a small network with one DC and 3 to 5 workstations on the network at any given time. These are all setup with DNS and AD on the same server. I want the ability ...
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lsass.exe error, Windows cannot boot

This is apocalypse. The server threw me an "lsass.exe" error this morning, saying that it cannot boot, with the following error. LSASS.EXE - System Error, security accounts manager initialization ...
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Backing up VirtualBox VMs

Does anyone have a good complete strategy for backing up a bunch of virtual machines running under VirtualBox? I intend to run a handful of virtual machines on a single hardware platform and back ...
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Is there a good online backup solution for SBS2003?

I support an environment for a non-profit that is a single SBS 2003 server running Exchange and Sharepoint. They are in need of a decent backup solution that I would prefer incorporate online ...
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MOSS Stretched Farm over a WAN link - a bad idea?

I am looking to build a disaster recovery strategy for our MOSS farm. The stretched farm configuration looks appealing, but the MS documentation warns not to use it when there is more than 1ms latency ...
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How to remove an “extra” (unwanted) network from a windows 2008 failover cluster?

We had a severe crash on one node of our 2-node Windows 2008 / Exchange 2007 CCR Cluster the other day, and i tried to rebuild the node from scratch. I'm using this as a rough outline: ...
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Community Input on Backup Solutions

I am considering changing my backup strategy from using backup tape to using a product from EMC called Avamar. I have a Corp Data Center and a Disaster recovery Data Center. The plan is to put Avamar ...
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Disaster Recovery/Sabotage Protection for a small business

I've been contacted by two partners in a small professional firm. They are concerned about their other partner and want to take some steps to be absolutely sure that the company's data and systems ...
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Data Recovery

I am looking for a way to recover data off a perfectly good external HDD. Not a problem usual. The drive was being used as a backup drive for computers that I was working on during a reformat. ...
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Business Internet Outage/Disaster Recovery

We have all of our corporate servers co-loc'd in a secure data center about an hour away that serves many Terminal Services remote apps to our local clients. We have a speedy network connection ...
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Licensing a SQL DR box [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? I'm tempted to use a DR server which holds a mirrored copy of a database to also perform test restores and integrity ...
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Accidentally formated external usb harddrive (500GB) with bootable iso (1GB), how can I recover my data?

I was attempting to create a bootable usb thumbdrive from the ubuntu install cd using UNetBootin. Unfortunately, I accidental wrote the live cd to my 500gb usb external drive (which was almost ...
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Disaster recovery plan development best practicies or resources?

I have been tasked with leading a project regarding updating a old and somewhat onesided disaster recovery plan. For now we're just looking at getting the IT side of DR sorted out. The last time ...
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Desktop standby solution?

Does anyone know of a good solution to have a Windows desktop standby so that users can be back up and running quickly in case of hardware failure? Assumption is that the desktops aren't generic but ...
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Data recovery options for unix file systems

What popular and tried data recovery options are there? I know of these (none of which have GUIs afaik): foremost - Forensics application to recover data scalpel - A Frugal, High Performance File ...
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Setting up a new backup scheme

I'm in the process of designing my first ever backup scheme. I'm completely new to managing data backup, and there are some concepts that I don't totally understand. Here's what I've got so far, and ...
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Documentation As-A-Manual vs. Documentation As-A-Checklist

I've had discussions in the past with other people in my department about documentation, specifically, level-of-detail and requirements. In their view, documentation is a simple checklist of Y things ...
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Local to Remote Webserver Failover

Short and sweet, I don't suppose you'll need more detail than this: We host our website on an in-house webserver. A catastrophe has and will happen again where communication from the web into/out ...
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Recover PostgreSQL database from filesystem backup

I have a PostgreSQL 8.3 data directory backup. I need to copy a database from this backup into a new PostgreSQL instance. Due to problems with the old server I cannot do a pg_dump of the database. ...
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Last time SQL Server downtime or data-loss occured, what happened?

This isn't a question about how to cope with or limit downtime or data-loss, I know all about that. I'm putting together a 'stories' section for my PASS post-con on disaster recovery and I'd like to ...
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What's the first thing you check when an untouched unix server starts going berserk?

So you have this neatly setup unix server and it's super fast and works swell and everything is great for months, and suddenly all kinds of weird errors start showing up for a variety of different ...
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Windows Server backup / disaster recovery best practice for small shop?

I work for a small school that has two Windows 2003 servers. I'm trying to get a grip on cost-effective strategies to handle the failure of one or both servers. I come from a UNIX background, so I ...
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SQL Server 2005 Mirrored DB Recovery

Scenario: We want to use SQL Server 2005 Standard's version of DB mirroring along with a witness server in an Active Directory domain environment. The database is fed from a 3rd party app server that ...
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Hard drive data rescue services

Inspired by the question Crashed Hard Drive Data Retrieval which is currently concentrating on software tools and self-help methods of data rescue, I am curious what the community's experiences are ...
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lvm+ext3 vs ext3 recovery

I would like to hear from people who have personal experience recovering crashed systems or data from crashed drives using lvm+ext3 and ext3. Which option is harder to recover from backup or to ...
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DPM Bare Metal Restore

We currently use Microsoft's Data Protection Manager (DPM) for backups in a relatively small environment, but I'm still worried about our main active directory server. I've been thinking that it'd be ...
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Mirroring Drives

I'd like to mirror a drive between two windows servers for fail over/disaster recovery. I assume there is a software package for this. What do you use?
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Best practice for IIS 6.0 (Windows Server 2003) backups?

What is the best backup strategy for saving IIS 6.0 data: web metadata, files, logs etc. for disaster recovery?
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How to recover from a drive failure in a RAID 5 configuration?

This morning a drive failed on our database server. The drive array (3 disks) is setup in a RAID 5 configuration. While we wait for a drive replacement we are preparing for a recovery strategy. Users ...