Disaster recovery and preparedness is an unfortunate aspect of systems administration. This tag should be used for help with planning, implementation and best-practices related to recovering from a catastrophic event on a server or in a datacenter environment.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
2answers
532 views

how to repair ubuntu 8.04.4 after uninstalling many things by mistake

While trying to install rmagick and failing, I thought I would uninstall libfreetype6 and then reinstall it. When I entered sudo apt-get remove libfreetype6 It asked that the following packages ...
-1
votes
1answer
129 views

Disaster recovery advice [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Disaster recovery plan development best practicies or resources? We are in the process of starting an internal evaluation about the disaster recovery procedures for our ...
1
vote
2answers
82 views

Reinstalled Windows on my development box, forgot to backup any of my work in progress databases in SQL Server Express 2008? Can i recover anything?

Reinstalled Windows on my development box, forgot to backup any of my work in progress databases in SQL Server Express 2008? Can i recover anything? I still have the files from the old install. Where ...
0
votes
2answers
821 views

nic not working after TEST sbs 2003 restore to dissimilar hardware

restored an sbs 2003 backup file to different hardware rebooted, and things took a while, i tidied up the drivers and such, removed ghost nic in device manager etc, re-ran the connection wizard for ...
3
votes
2answers
567 views

How best to handle end user notification in the event of system failure incl. email?

I've been asked to research ways of handling end user notifications when systems such as email are experiencing problems. Perhaps an example will make this a little clearer. We have a number of ...
1
vote
3answers
6k views

Migrate Windows Server 2008 to a new hard disk 2

A few weeks ago, I already asked how to move a Windows Server 2008 to a new hard disk. Despite the previous answers and two weeks lost trying to do it, I am always unable to move the OS to the new ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Can't rebuild master DB on MS SQL Server 2005 Express after power failure

There has been a power loss on our server and I cannot start the SQL service because the master DB is corrupted (as the log states). I found many articles recommending running the setup.exe with ...
4
votes
3answers
383 views

Is there any way to recover a 2003 Exchange database without the domain controller?

I have access to the Exchange Server but the domain controller RAID card died and the restored backup causes the new server to reboot without even a blue screen. I have rebuilt a new domain controller ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

Sql Server differential backup : Simple vs Full recovery model

I need to better understand the backup process under SQL Server 2008. Since drive space is a kind of matter for us and we want to have a better disaster recovery solution, I decided that we will ...
0
votes
1answer
469 views

Storage replication/mirror over WAN

We are looking at storage replication between two data centers (600km apart) to support an active-passive cluster design for disaster recovery. The OS layer will be mostly Windows Server 2003/2008 ...
1
vote
3answers
2k views

Migrate Windows Server 2008 to a new hard disk

I have a machine with Windows Server 2008. I want to change the hard disk drive, but keep everything else. I don't have a cd/dvd drive and don't want to buy it. My first idea was to make a ...
3
votes
6answers
318 views

Wiki/CMS with synchronization? [closed]

We're looking into putting up a wiki or CMS for internal use by our IT department. One of the big things we want to use it for is disaster recovery procedures. Given that a disaster, such as a ...
0
votes
3answers
1k views

How likely can my data be recovered after Windows CHKDSK performed on a degraded RAID 5 array?

We have a RAID 5 setup with 3 SATA disks, #2 went down as reported on the pre-POST screen. Unfortunately, for some reasons beyond my control, the system was rebooted with a degraded RAID :-O Windows ...
1
vote
1answer
173 views

What is the BRU Server Disaster Recovery Procedure?

How do I go about performing a full, bare metal disaster recovery from BRU Server backups? I have backed up the entire C:\ (including Windows, Program Files etc) of a test machine (using Open File ...
0
votes
5answers
2k views

Email continuity services i.e. Messagelabs - Caveats, lessons learned, gotchas?

I am in the process of reviewing some email continuity solutions such as the one offered by Messagelabs. Solutions such as this are not cheap, however, I believe they reduce complexity when it comes ...
1
vote
3answers
174 views

How to recover files from a non-booting windows server?

I'm having a problem with a windows server 2008 server. After it was demoted from a AD domain controller, it is unable to get to the login screen (it reboots after applying user settings). Is there a ...
6
votes
2answers
261 views

Green System Administrator looking for helpful tips [closed]

I have just been promoted to Systems Administrator for our product. We are designing a application that communicates with the cloud(Amazon EC2). I will be in charge of maintaining all Instances and ...
2
votes
2answers
308 views

Do MSDTC and disaster recovery go together?

Our application writes to multiple Sql Server databases within a distributed transaction. The Ops guys are saying that this messes up their disaster recovery plan because while the transactions on the ...
0
votes
1answer
359 views

Is it possible to configure TMG to impersonate a domain user for anonymous requests to a website?

I would like to configure Forefront Threat Management Gateway (formerly ISA server) to impersonate a specific domain user for any anonymous request to a particular listener. For example, for any ...
3
votes
2answers
769 views

Can't Repair Mysql Table

I have one ARCHIVE table that I simply can't repair, I already try to remove the partitioning but still get this error: alter table promo_tool_view_44 REMOVE PARTITIONING; ERROR 1034 (HY000): ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

How do I cancel windows server 2003 repair install?

System: Windows 2003 Server Enterprise Scenario: NTDS db is corrupt and all attempts to fix with esentutl fail. Ran chkdsk which seemed to repair disk error and give access to the ntds.dit file but ...
4
votes
3answers
210 views

Virtualisation for Disaster Recovery

Can anyone give me any ideas/links so that I can better get an idea of how virtualisation can help me from a disaster recovery point of view? We have a server sitting in a datacentre, it basically ...
4
votes
2answers
434 views

Scripting an automated SQLServer 2008 DR move

We use the built in logshipping in SQLServer to logship to our DR site but once in a month do a DR test which requires us to move back and forth between our Live and BAckup servers. We run multiple ...
2
votes
3answers
256 views

Rebuild or repair? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Updating Malware cleaning skills I was having an argument the other day regarding damaged systems. If a system has a hard to eradicate virus, etc, or has been damaged ...
0
votes
1answer
45 views

vcentre re-install

I am just reviewing our dr documentation after we have moved over to a vmware vsphere environment. My question is surrounding the vcentre software and what is the best practice to re-install this? We ...
2
votes
4answers
382 views

Standard database backup procedures

I've been looking at the setup we've implemented for a hosted client, who has a database backed up several times per day (and the last week of backups always available). Say the backups require 20gb, ...
2
votes
2answers
548 views

How can I recover overwritten labels, pointer blocks and ueberblocks in a ZFS pool?

I caused a stupid accident in a single-disk ZFS pool, seemingly in the same way as the person in this mailing list thread, i. e., I seem to have overwritten important metadata. Can this be restored ...
18
votes
9answers
5k views

Architecture for highly available MySQL with automatic failover in physically diverse locations

I have been researching high availability (HA) solutions for MySQL between data centers. For servers located in the same physical environment, I have preferred dual master with heartbeat (floating ...
2
votes
5answers
6k views

Disk failed part way through 3ware RAID 5 rebuild

I have a 3ware 9650SE RAID controller with a RAID 5 array containing 15 Seagate ST31000340NS disks. After noticing ECC errors in the Port 10 drive I replaced it with a spare and began a RAID rebuild. ...
2
votes
1answer
1k views

Exchange Server 2010: move mailboxes from recoveded and mounted edb to user’s mailbox

One of our exchange servers crashed, and I am trying to recover the mailboxes. We had 1 exchange 2003 server named "apex" and 1 exchange 2010 server named "2008Enterprise. the exchange 2010 server ...
1
vote
3answers
288 views

Can VMWare Server 2.0 be useful in Production for easing backups?

Let's run this idea by the group here. I am thinking about using VMWare Server in production to host a 2008 Domain Controller with DHCP and DNS, a 2008 member server with WSUS, some virus ...
2
votes
1answer
4k views

How do I get an SQL Database in “Mirrored, Disconnected / In Recovery” into service?

I have an SQL Server 2005 mirrored database, with just the primary and secondary servers, no witness. Tonight the primary has gone down and will not be back on-line for some time yet. The secondary ...
2
votes
4answers
4k views

Complete backup / restore solution Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0

Let me start by saying that if I've missed out on some very basic papers, KBs or anything, feel free to link me in the right direction. I've checked some threads here and haven't found the answer to ...
2
votes
2answers
5k views

How to repair a damage transaction log file for Exchange 2003

Yesterday we had a power failure and the UPS did not work (it has worked perfect before). Everything seem to be ok when I started all the servers again except of the mail, when I try to mount the ...
1
vote
1answer
337 views

How to recover emails from Microsoft Exchange when the database of Active Directory is corrupted

The database of Active Directory is corrupted after a hardware failure. It was not possible to recover it. How to recover emails from Microsoft Exchange 2003?
1
vote
5answers
2k views

Server Potentially Compromised — c99madshell [duplicate]

So, low and behold, a legacy site we've been hosting for a client had a version of FCKEditor that allowed someone to upload the dreaded c99madshell exploit onto our web host. I'm not a big security ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

MySQL replication issues after a power outage

After a power outage at our data centre, the slave MySQL databases are struggling. This is in the logs for one of the slaves: 100118 10:05:56 [Note] Slave I/O thread: connected to master ...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

Exchange 2007 - Mailbox Database Recovery

Exchange 2007 edb Can we restore Exchange edb (First storage group\mailbox database.edb) to another exchange server ? Do I just copy the edb to the new exchange server and delete the first storage ...
1
vote
1answer
81 views

Is there a simple way to backup and restore all Microsoft SQL Server database objects related to a particular application?

I would like to backup, not only the databases that belong to a particular application living on a shared server, but also, those things that get stored outside of the database; the server accounts, ...
2
votes
2answers
410 views

Disaster Recovery for SQL 2008 with only the log file

When you read this, you just might cry... We wrote a SharePoint intranet app for the one of our clients that keeps track of files and manages them through various levels of approval. Several files ...
0
votes
5answers
252 views

Disaster recovery options for my lone server running W2K3 std

What is the best disaster recovery option for my machine running W2K3 std edition? I have already imaged my machine using Clonezilla and I have also taken a backup using Windows Automated System ...
4
votes
10answers
377 views

How do you recover when your hosting provider loses everything?

You've probably seen the messages at the stackoverflow blog and on codinghorror: blog.stackoverflow.com experienced 100% data loss at our hosting provider, CrystalTech. We're working to ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

Rebuilding RAID1 in Ubuntu

I had my second HD in my RAID1 come up with bad sectors. So I got another drive and pulled out the bad sector drive and put the new drive in. With the original working RAID1 drive in the computer it ...
2
votes
5answers
241 views

Do you maintain an OMG it's !@#$ed CD with Utilities to recover and clean computers? What is on it? [closed]

I'm getting ready to build one with some of the common apps I use including malwarebytes, Spybot, and memtest86 . What elese do you recommend I add? Is there a single CD image out there that has all ...
0
votes
4answers
624 views

Log Shipping multiple database SQLServer 2008 Standard

We currently use a fairly basic script we wrote to log ship our databases to our DR site (and back again) but want to move to a better solution. We initially discounted the inbuilt logshipping ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

Debian Lenny - SAN - LVM Fail

I've got a Lenny server that has got a SAN connection configured as the only PV for a VG named 'datavg'. Yesterday, I've updated the box with Debian patches and gave it a reboot. After the reboot, ...
0
votes
9answers
177 views

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!
2
votes
5answers
584 views

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) ...
0
votes
2answers
150 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
1k views

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) ...