Re: Will TSM ever support BMR for windows systems?
From: ADSM: Dist Stor Manager [mailto:ADSM-L AT VM.MARIST DOT EDU] On Behalf Of
>Well, it's also a big pain in the tush for me to explain to mgmt why
>budgeting for a BMR tool for our 600 Windows servers even though we
>already hand over a boatload of $$ to Tivoli for a backup product,
>because I have to have something I can depend on to perform dissimilar
I've talked about this on this list more than a few times, but I'll
repeat it for our new folks:
You can use TSM to perform bare-metal restores of Windows machines, to
similar and to dissimilar hardware.
It is a pretty straight-forward process for identical hardware, and
dissimilar hardware merely requires a little file-shuffling during the
rebuild process. I've performed BMR using nothing but a modified Windows
boot CD, nLite <http://www.nliteos.com/> (donate to those folks--their
code's great!) and a copy of the TSM client code.
>I just don't think it could be that difficult for Tivoli to come up
>a boot cd like they use for ServerGuide that is "TSM aware" and capable
>of hardware detection.
It's not Tivoli's go to create CDs to facilitate alternate-boot disks
for various OSs. IBM already has that process down cold for AIX.
Similarly, Sun for Solaris and HP for HP-UX. For Windows, Microsoft
developed WinPE, and BartPE is out there for Windows as well.
It can be done, folks. It's not that hard.
Mark Stapleton (mark.s AT evolvingsol DOT com)
Senior TSM consultant