Windows Server 2008 R2 Thread, Bare metal vs system state + files in Technical; Primary school backup question.
We currently have off site backup which backs up system state and all the files, along ...
22nd April 2013, 10:55 AM #1
Bare metal vs system state + files
Primary school backup question.
We currently have off site backup which backs up system state and all the files, along with this I occasionally plug in a 1tb usb drive and run system state along with robocopy which copies any changed files over.
With my USB drive would I be better of doing a full 'bare metal' backup?
I was going to do this but have read that due to requiring the exact same hardware to restore a 'bare metal' backup it is better just to do system state and re-install the OS fresh.
22nd April 2013, 11:55 AM #2
Well having a bare metal restore is handy anyway if you need to restore the server onto the same hardware.
Personally I would do one of the following: 1) get hold of backup software that allows you to restore to different hardware, 2) virtualise, its worth it even for a single server in terms of simplified DR.
22nd April 2013, 12:23 PM #3
If I do a bare metal backup and decide I do not want to restore using the bare metal restore, can I still access the system state and folder/files that have been created with the bare metal backup?
22nd April 2013, 12:59 PM #4
Get system states *and* bare metal. Then you can easily do auth and non auth restored of DCs very quickly without having to worry about USN's etc from bare metal.
22nd April 2013, 02:30 PM #5
24th April 2013, 12:28 PM #6
Sorry for the basic question but never used bare metal backup. Get system states *and* bare metal
When selecting bare metal backup, system state automatically gets ticked. Am I able to restore just the system state from this bare metal backup without doing a bare metal restore or do I need to do a separate system state backup?
25th April 2013, 10:32 AM #7
I would have a separate backup job with just the system states for a couple reasons
- you can never have too many backups, the more options available to you when it hits the fan, the better.
- you can keep a longer archive of system states to roll back to without using as much space compared to keeping the whole server image
- sometimes larger backup jobs fail, and if you have system state as part of this then there is risk of not having a good system state because the main job failed on some other files it couldn't backup.
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