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    Smile 2008 R2 with some tomcats, the quickest restore procedure

    Greetings!
    I know that there are probably many sites/advices how to restore WinSRV with TSM, but I would like to hear it from the "professional" who have gone thru the procedure. What is the best and quickest way to do that?

    We are preparing business continuity plan in other words, we want to take a Windows 2008 R2 machine with some tomcats installed on it and restore it to other hardware.

    Server has:
    -Windows 2008 r2 SP2 server installed
    -Computer is joined to domain
    -Tivoli storage manager Backup-Archive Client version 6, release 2, level 4.00
    -We backup system state & 3 TomCat folders

    TSM server has
    -Version 5.5.6

    Some questions:
    (1.) For restore approach, should we install a fresh Windows Server WIN2008r2 on another hardware, put the TIVOLI client there, and do the restore?
    (2.) Or we can restore server on a fresh hardware with none OS installed and using some boot cd?
    (3.) Which is the fastest/better/recommended way to do it, option 1 or option 2?
    (4.) How do we avoid:
    -ip conflicts after the machine is being restored and TURNED ON?
    -same node names if we want it that booth machines will be TURNED ON after the restore?
    (5.) Are there any good tutorials (step-by-step) with print screens? If there are, please send me thoose links.

    With best regards,
    Bostjan

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    You have come out with good points on how to restore a Windows machine the classic way. The first one would work and was (or is depending on who you ask) the preferred choice. Unfortunately, this suffers from a little shortcoming - you need the same IDENTICAL hardware setup to do the recovery properly.

    Option 2 works provided that the boot CD is an IMAGE of the original machine (the intent is to rebuild the server) AND you are doing it on the same hardware.

    Either will do and maybe option 2 will be faster (assuming that your server IMAGES are up to date) since, most probably, you need to run patches with option 1.

    For a truly DR option, consider using Cristie's BMR. Search the web for it. IBM has licensed portions of Cristie and rolled it out calling it TBMR.

    For IP conflicts, why would you need to bring up two instances? If really you need to do so, isolate the running one by unplugging the data cable, bring up the new one and change the IP address. You also need to create a new node name for the second instance if backups are required.
    Last edited by moon-buddy; 11-13-2012 at 08:57 AM.
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    Well, Cristie is a quite expensive solution.
    Approximatelly 700$ per Server, and if you have 50+ of them...

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