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Simplified Disaster Recovery Disk

Can someone please just shed some light on the Simplified Disaster Recovery Disk?  What exactly is it and how large will it be if I create one?  Basically I have all my backups stored on an external exagrid (SAN based storage).  Do I need this disk if the hardware itself dies and I need to restore my files?  What advantage does the disk have over just getting my new hardware up, install the OS and then install BE2014 and restore my files that way?  Does the disk allow you to restore the entire system state without having to reinstall the OS on failed hardware first?  Thanks

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You might want to create a customized SDR disk to check that you can add SAN HBA drivers to get to your Exagrid storage as in your situation it won't be much use if you can't get to your backup sets from inside SDR

 

Also are you deduplicating onto the Exagrid or standard DIsk Storage (B2D) as an SDR disk can restore remote systems where deduplication is involved (i.e. where the Backup Exec Server is up and running)  but it cannot access Dedup to restore a Backup Exec Server.

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The SDR disk is a bootable

The SDR disk is a bootable DVD that will start enough of an operting system to do a restore without needing to manually install an OS first.

 

If you don't use the disk, then to DR a server, you would have to manually install an OS and patch it to similar levels as the original, then install components of Backup Exec (possibly with custom paths if recovering the Backup Exec Server itself) and make sure these are patched. Then do one or more restore jobs to recover the server itself.

 

Note: even if using the SDR disk, you might have to do a secondary restore of database content after you have got the OS back and if restoring systems backed up with a virtual agent (Hyper-V or VMware) then the SDR disk is not needed.

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Important Points:  You might

Important Points: 

 

You might want to create a customized SDR disk to check that you can add SAN HBA drivers to get to your Exagrid storage as in your situation it won't be much use if you can't get to your backup sets from inside SDR

 

Also are you deduplicating onto the Exagrid or standard DIsk Storage (B2D) as an SDR disk can restore remote systems where deduplication is involved (i.e. where the Backup Exec Server is up and running)  but it cannot access Dedup to restore a Backup Exec Server.

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Yes we are dedpulicating to

Yes we are dedpulicating to two other off site exagrids as well, pretty much everything is setup as a full mesh so every site has every other sites contents.  I guess one key point I left out is we are on Windows Server 2012 R2.  At one point I heard Backup Exec 2014 couldn't utilize an SDR disk with the OS and BE combination we currently have.  Is that still the case or no?

We fixed that in an

We fixed that in an update

http://www.veritas.com/docs/000086262

 

 

 

 

Can I jump straight to SP2

Can I jump straight to SP2 since its out now or should I just go to SP1?

Yes. SP's are cumulative

Yes. SP's are cumulative

Note that when your backup

Note that when your backup sets are dedup'ed, you will not be able to use SDR with these backup sets unless your media server is up and running

If I have duplicated copy of

If I have duplicated copy of backup set of "server" from deduplication folder into disk based storage, can I use SDR with this duplicated copy from disk?

 

No. Again, not without the

No. Again, not without the media server. This is because a .dr file is not created during the duplication process and you have no way to point to this duplicated backup set