If a catastrophic failure requires repair or replacement of your server, you can't afford for your systems to be down for an extended amount of time. Server downtime causes lost productivity and revenue, makes it difficult for internal employees to get their work done, and prevents external customers from being able to access information and perform transactions. To get your operations up and running as quickly as possible, you can't wait for your server to be repaired or replaced before restoring a backup.
If you don't have another identical server available, you can restore to any other system using the Restore Anyware feature of Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 8.0. Restore Anyware allows you to restore a backup to any system, no matter how dissimilar the hardware is (as long as this option is selected during the restore operation). Restore Anyware will not only restore the backup to the second server, it will also ensure that the network controller driver, mass storage controller driver, hardware abstraction layer, and all other system-critical components match the new hardware configuration, allowing it to boot and function properly.
Your customized Symantec Recovery Disk (SRD) includes the Restore Anyware feature. Here's how to be sure you enable Restore Anyware:
The Recover My Computer wizard displays a list of recovery point dates by default. Choose the recovery point from this list only if you're restoring the backup to the original server.
If you're restoring the backup to a different Microsoft Windows-based server, you must browse for the filename of the backup file you want to restore. Do not select a recovery point by date from the default list.
To enable Restore Anyware, select Filename, and then click the Browse button and select the backup file you want to restore.
As long as the file details show that Restore Anyware is licensed, the Recover My Computer wizard will display a screen giving you the option to use it for recovery to different hardware than the server used to create the SRD.
If the wizard can't find a critical device driver needed to match the backup to the new hardware, it will prompt you to load that driver dynamically.
When you're trying to recover from a server failure, you need to get your systems back up quickly without having to wait for hardware to be fixed. You don't want to have to scurry around trying to line up a server exactly like the one that failed so you can restore your backup. With Restore Anyware, all you need is any Windows-based server with sufficient memory, and you can get back to work.
Learn more about Backup Exec System Recovery and the Restore Anyware feature.
To view an online demo of how to use Restore Anyware, click here.