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    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.

    Any thoughts?

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    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.

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    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?

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    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.

    JB.

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    Get system states *and* bare metal
    Sorry for the basic question but never used bare metal backup.

    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?

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    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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