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    Disaster recovery with virtualisation

    Often hear about people using Virtual Server/VMWare to create virtual copies of critical servers and it seems a really good idea.

    I use Virtual Server a LOT for testing but I have no idea how you would go about recreating a production server on there? I mean I know I could back up and restore the system state etc, but is there a more automated way?

    It seems strange I cant find any guides or anything on how to do this

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    Re: Disaster recovery with virtualisation

    http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/

    NB: I haven't tried this yet.

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    Re: Disaster recovery with virtualisation

    I recently used Microsoft VMs to recovery a trashed Exchange Server. SImply use them as normal servers and promote one as a domain controller, and ensure it stays 'current'. Better still, run it on the Microsoft Virtual Server Platform, keep it small and running 24/7 and if the worst happens you can get the single VMN wrapper, transfer it and recreate a domain.

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    Re: Disaster recovery with virtualisation

    Do you run the Virtual Server on the server or a spare machine?

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    Re: Disaster recovery with virtualisation

    I use the 'snapshot' feature of free vmware server to do this, only used it in anger once to recover a printserver

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    Re: Disaster recovery with virtualisation

    I assume you're asking Dos_box but personally I wouldnt do that on the server. Theres a chance of losing the "backup" VM as well as the real one that way.
    I have an old (well 3Ghz P4) desktop machine with 2GB RAM and a large HD that I use for virtual server, and I'll probably use that for this too

    Thanks for that Dos_box

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    Re: Disaster recovery with virtualisation

    Quote Originally Posted by apeo
    Do you run the Virtual Server on the server or a spare machine?
    It has to be a Server running IIS. VS is free from:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...r/default.mspx

    The server can be standalone, but connected to the relevent IP range for your LAN.

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