Re: Disaster Recovery
- From: "blastingfonda" <blastingfonda@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 5 May 2005 23:31:12 -0700
Slarty Bartfast wrote:
> Thanks Blasting Fonda (Your real name?)
Nah, not any more than yours is Slartibartfast... (see the movie yet?)
> the VMware idea does sound like it
> would work. I might give that a try as well, but I am still hoping
> more conventional restore method using the backup tapes.
It might be an interesting "experiment" to try out. All you would need
is one image of one DC that receives the latest AD replication. Make it
a global catalog server and, of course, make it a DNS server that
receives all the DNS zone replication as well. I'd also have the VPC
image reside on a separate hard drive from your host operating system
with plenty of room to grow. (VPC images dynamically grow larger as the
virtual hard drive increases in size.)
If you just want this to serve as a backup DC and not actually have
people logging onto it during the day, you could easily create a daily
script that fires up the virtual DC, forces replication, performs a
backup then shuts it down.
In a worst case scenario, that DC image could then serve as DC#1. It
would merely have to seize all the FSMOs.
> We have IBM Xeon X335 Servers - but in a crunch and we need to
> is unlikely we will be able to buy the same hardware - they are
> to get. That's why I want to test this scenario.
If you get it running and it works to your specifications, store a copy
of the version of the VPC software that you use on the same tape as the
virtual image. That way you are assured you can read your "image" years
down the road.
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