Windows Cluster and SAN Configurations
Symantec System Recovery 2011 (SSR) supports backing up and restoring Windows Server 2003 and 2008 volumes in cluster and SAN environments. Both Microsoft and Veritas cluster configurations are supported.
Backups created by Symantec System Recovery 2011 are referred to as recovery points. Key supported recovery operations for servers in cluster and SAN environments include the following:
This document will outline best practices and known limitations when using SSR to protect and recover servers in cluster and SAN shared storage environments.
Note: For detailed information on the specific Microsoft server platforms supported by Symantec System Recovery, please consult the Symantec System Recovery Software Compatibility List (SCL) available for download here: http://entsupport.symantec.com/umi/V-306-38.
Creating Recovery Points
Best practices for capturing recovery points with Symantec System Recovery 2011 in a Windows server cluster environment include the following:
Restoring Recovery Points
Restoring a Single Node in a Cluster
Before beginning, please refer to your specific cluster software documentation for application specific rules that govern the process of restoring cluster nodes.
Restoring an Entire Cluster
In a server cluster environment for Microsoft Windows 2003 and Windows 2008, Symantec System Recovery 2011 provides support for the following operations:
The creation and restoration of shared-storage volume recovery points (Note: Proper presentation of the shared-storage volume must be available in Windows Disk Management prior to restore). To achieve this you must perform shared-storage volume recovery within Windows on the active node.
Symantec System Recovery 2011 does not support the following operations in M Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 server cluster environments:
Symantec System Recovery 2011 (SSR) supports backing up and restoring Windows Server 2003 and 2008 volumes in cluster and SAN environments. This includes the ability to restore a single cluster node or an entire cluster.
Please take note of the best practices contained within this document, as well as information contained within the documentation specific to your cluster environment to ensure a successful recovery experience.