Disk Imaging for bare metal restore question
I have set up a Windows 2000 advanced server domain controller in small school. There is only one physical machine, a Dell Poweredge T300. It is new. It's using Dell SAS hardware RAID 1 split into 3 partitions. A utiltity partition, operating system partititon and a data partition.
The machine is used for logins and as a file server for a small lab with 24 student machines with XP pro.
I installed a VWware server on it, and then an ubuntu server on that, and then Dans Guardian on that for content filtering.
The whole thing has been running nicely since august.
I have the data files on the data partition automatically backed up to a usb drive nightly.
I want to image the entire disk or at least the operating system partition in case I need to do a bare metal type restore.
What do i use to image the machine with Windows, VMware and Ubuntu all rolled into one partition?
Since server edition imaging solutions are pricey and since this is a private school struggling during a tough recession, I need an affordable and of course reliable imaging solution.
I am a one day a week, part time tech for this school, so ideally I want a solution that will minimize my administration overhead.
I'm a bit worried about how I would test a restoral. If the test restoral fails how do I recover?
I can wait until a holiday when I have more time to get things working and documented.