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.

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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 ...
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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 ...
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Accessing data on SAS drives if server fails

If my server goes down, how can i access the data on the SAS drives? I don't have another server to plug them into, and even then connecting the drive to a different controller (while keeping the ...
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Azure regional pairing for G series VMs

Currently G series VMs are only supported by US East 2 and US West Azure regions - both of which are not DR pairs. How can Disaster Recovery for G series VMs in the US, be handled?
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Is a Wildcard cert better for Exchange DR than a SAN cert?

I'm reading this blog article about the logic of Autodiscover, and I hope I'm misreading it. The problem I have is that it appears that the Autodiscover process will inspect the SUBJECT of a ...
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Best way to test disaster recovery in a virtual environment

We are using vCenter, eSXi 5.1 and Acronis vmProtect to run and backup a network of virtual machines, both windows and *nix based. it is the latter I am interested in today. Some of these still run ...
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How much memory is required to send deduplicated ZFS stream?

Last year I set up a pair of servers for my employer, running FreeBSD 10.1 with a large pool of storage in each server. 12 x 2TB disks, in a zpool configured as two raidz2 vdevs of six disks each. One ...
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*Lab* restored DC from full backup issues. NETLOGON error 67

I am in a lab environment practicing and learning to recover my primary domain controller in the event that both my DC's are gone and I have a full server backup in place for disaster recovery in ...
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Failed to Attach DB on replicated SAN

We currently have a clustered SQL Server 2005 which has replicated SAN disks for our DR solution, to test DR we break the SAN synch and then attach the various DB's on the DR server. Our web servers ...
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How to move Private-Public-logs from old SBS 2003 Exchange to new intall of SBS 2003

This is what we have, a crashed SBS 2003 with Exchange 2003. The Exchange priv, pub and log files are located on another RAID array and the Exchange data is OK. I want to install another SBS ...
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Windows Server Backup for 2008 R2

When restoring a Windows Server Backup for 2008 R2, there is the option to format the drives. However, that formats them at the standard cluster size of 4K. Is there a way to change that during ...
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Restore of SBS 2008 unsuccessful

I have a Windows SBS 2008 here that I'm trying to restore from backups. It runs as a VMware virtual machine, so I can use snapshots and try out stuff. What happened Windows froze and the only option ...
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How to get Mondorescue to work with LVM2 (CentOS 6.4)

I'm trying to make an emergency recovery disk with Mondorescue to: Restore my server in case of hardware (or severe software) failure. Make an "identical" server setup for debugging and staging. ...
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Oracle 10g Failover Database - How to fail back?

I want to know how the failover database concept works after recovery. We have defined our application to connect to a backup database in case the production database fails. If this happens, then all ...
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Hard Disk based storage library

We have a Tandberg T24 tape device to handle all of our long term backups right now. We decided that we're not backing up nearly everything that we would like to and that we still have a lot of ...
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RTO and RPO - Data Loaders, CSG will have only RTO whereas Databases will have RPO as well as RTO. Is it correct?

Data Loaders, CSG will have only RTO whereas Databases will have RPO as well as RTO. Is it correct?
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msdeploy.exe is erasing FTP permissions on a site it's been told to ignore

I'm using msdeploy.exe to duplicate our live web environment to an offsite disaster-recovery server. This offsite server also hosts an FTP site that we use for transferring database backups and logs. ...
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Disaster recovery. MDADM/LVM2 Some advance but stuck on final mount

We made a stupid upgrade on a running server using wrong repositories and the system became totally unbootable. The system, a SLES 11 we used a openSuse repository to upgrade, and everything went ...
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Exchange 2010 Database dirty shutdown

We experienced a power failure, after i bring the server up the Mailbox database is on a dirty shutdown state. I've ran eseutil /r E00 and got PS E:\BACKUPS_MDB_EXCHANGE\Mailbox Database ...
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Zimbra 7.1.4 disaster recovery within the LDAP service

We've a disaster in our Zimbra 7.1.4 server. The server is (was) running on a CentOS 6 box and it failed on the last friday. After doing a lot of effort to make the machine boot once again Zimbra ...
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Need help recovering CentOS system

My CentOS 6.5 system was getting errors about the hard disk so I used partclone to clone the root filesystem. Just 2 days later the hard disk died and the system would no longer boot. So I replaced ...
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“Roll back process” for servers during different penetration testing in case of something goes wrong?

In some extent, different kind of vulnerability assessment and penetration testing may impact on target system. I am looking for the solution/rollback process for server if something goes wrong during ...
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how to recover files found automatically by my Debian Jessie

I powered off my Debian Jessie forcibly, it has gone through a fsck during boot and created RECOVERED_FILES directory in my home containing a file system with a similar layout as the root. Some files ...
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failover from Oracle VM to Azure

Can I do a failover from Oracle OVM to Azure and then fallback to Oracle VM i.e. to Oracle Hypervisor environment? Does Azure support this at this point of time?
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Starting MySQL/TokuDB with missing recovery log

I've lost TokuDB recovery log(HDD has died) and TokuDB won't even start complaining about missing recovery log: /var/log/mysql/error.log: ... [ERROR] TokuDB: Recovery log is missing (persistent ...
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Small Business Essentials 2011 restore from backup

I have a SBS Essentials 2011 Premium Edition that has experienced a hdd failure. No original install disks to be had and no emergency boot disk. There is, however an external backup drive that ...
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Server can't boot, showing main process (206) terminated with status 127

The system is Debian 7.0. Booting in recovery mode fails with messages shown in this screenprint: How can I solve this issue?
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2TB NTFS Partition Works in linux, Causes windows to hang

I have a ESXi server containing a large virtual disk (1.8TB) on RAID 0, and the server suffered from a power outage. The drive was a storage drive for a Windows Server 2012 R2 file server, which is ...
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using testdisk to restore old superblock, cryptowall3.0 restoration

I have a drive that was infected with cryptowall3.0 Documentation states that the file is deleted and then from memory a new file is encrypted and that memory file is rename. Hypothetically restoring ...
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Disk boot up from backup

I have a backup of my whole / partition except for /tmp /proc and /sys . Is there a way to boot this up into live? Backup is on 32 bit debian 5 OS Thanks
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Data recovery seems impossible after kernel upgrade. MDADM (Raid1) LVM2

I opened a question about rebuilding a bad partition My Problem that din't take me anywhere. Bad news is the company trying to rescue the data says it's finding huge inconsistencies they can see some ...
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Single node SQL Server 2014 cluster at DR environment

We are setting up a new Disaster Recovery environment. On Production we have SQL Server cluster with two nodes. For DR we decided that one node should be enough. The plan is to add the second node ...
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accidentally set windows sbs2008 data drive as backup drive how recover partition

A data drive in windows small business server 2008 was accidentally added to the list of backup devices, so of course the backup software repartitioned the drive for that purpose. Before any backups ...
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How do I force an exchange database to become “active” in “Active Manager”

How do I force a passive node to become "active" when the active manager says it's needing a full sync? Background We had a catastrophic failure where all that remains is a single edb file. No ...