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#1 D!ABOL!C

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 15:35

I'm looking to see what recommendations anyone has for imaging a server. If there is a free option that would be great, but i'm pretty sure that we'll need to purchase one which is fine. The main thing is, I need it to backup the data live without taking the server offline. Any recommendations? Thank you.

The OS in question is Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard edition.


#2 xendrome

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 15:42

EaseUS Todo Server is my recommendation. MUST better then Acronis.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 15:44

StorageCraft. Done deal. Not cheap but excellent.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 16:24

easeus used to share the same ui as acronis. I have no clue what it looks like now. been using acronis for years.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 16:29

clonezilla

#6 OP D!ABOL!C

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 16:31

Thanks for the options, I'll take a look through the features.

#7 majortom1981

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 16:33

why not use windows server backup. The one that comes with windows 2008 r2? Just plug in an USB hdd or give it a network path and your done. Takes a full image of the drive. you would restore it using the usb hdd and the windows 2008 r2 install dvd

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 16:40

why not use windows server backup. The one that comes with windows 2008 r2? Just plug in an USB hdd or give it a network path and your done. Takes a full image of the drive. you would restore it using the usb hdd and the windows 2008 r2 install dvd


I didn't even think of that, do you know if it is reliable?

#9 majortom1981

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 16:56

I didn't even think of that, do you know if it is reliable?


Yes it is. I have done a lot of single file restores from the backups it creates. It uses the same backend parts that the pay ones use. It uses the built in vss system. If you keep the usb hdd plugged in it makes it very easy to restore things quickly.

As a backup to the backup I use backupexec .

#10 dcr

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 17:39

Another option:

dd

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 21:46

clonezilla


Another option:

dd


Although both of those utilities can be very useful, I don't think either fits the OP's requirement of imaging the server while it's online. Clonezilla has the capability of doing online backups in Linux, but even then it only supports a handful of file systems that were built with that requirement in mind (such as btrfs).Not only is dd likely a poor candidate due to its complete lack of image compression, but it also doesn't work very well in Windows.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 21:55

Our company uses and recommends Symantec System Recovery (2013 as of writing). It offers live backups and can restore to dissimilar hardware.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 22:52

If you are paying Symantec prices and looking at a dedicated backup server I would look strong and hard at a unitrends appliance. By the time you factor in all of your hardware and your software to be 100% legit and properly size the appliance the cost is very similar. The difference is the unitrends appliance is a self contained dr solution. You can spin up server backups/images on itself, meaning this is capable of running a server that crashed or in a test environment seperated from your network directly on the appliance. It can also due bare metal restores on dissimilar hardware or in VMware or hyper-v or other hypervisors. It can also restore individual items vs the entire server. The appliance is a full self contained disaster recovery solution. It is the only hardware appliance as of now that offers "instant restore".

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 12:09

I didn't even think of that, do you know if it is reliable?

Has worked fine for me the last two times I've had to use it!

#15 OP D!ABOL!C

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 12:20

Just a little background info, we have a potential hardware failure, not sure if it's one of the drives in our array or the controller going bad, but I wanted to get a backup because HP wants us to do a firmware upgrade. I just want to be sure we have something to restore too if the worst happens. We're having our customer verify that data is backed up, but the image will save us headaches of having to re-install everything etc.