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System Recovery—Breaking through the Dissimilar Hardware Restore Challenge

downtime and disaster with rapid, reliable backup and recovery and includes Restore AnywareTM organizations to quickly and easily restore systems to dissimilar hardware.

technology, which allows

With the Restore Anyware capability in Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery, it doesn't matter what hardware the downed device is restored to. There is no need to layer a restoration because of hardware incompatibilities that may be detected during the restoration process. Restore Anyware technology properly replaces all critical system drivers during a routine restoration-and it launches Windows native plug-and-play capabilities to detect additional non-critical devices and peripherals. The result is a fully functioning computer system installed on whatever hardware is available at the time of recovery. The system can be restored to new hardware-or even to a virtual environment.

Restore Anyware capability enables recovery to dissimilar physical computers When Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery was first released, it literally changed the way bare-metal system recovery was performed for Windows systems, making the process rapid, simple, and reliable. It offered the first image-based system recovery to dissimilar hardware on the market. With the Restore Anyware capability, recovery to dissimilar hardware is simple and reliable, so even the most problematic elements of a system are easy to handle. For example, a single-processor computer can be recovered to a multi-processor computer; SCSI storage can be recovered to SATA or SAS; and recovery to different HAL, chipset, and kernel models can be performed quickly and easily without manual intervention.

Using the Restore Anyware capability Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery captures an entire system image - called a recovery point - that can be set up to occur automatically on a scheduled basis without any ongoing administrative intervention. These recovery points are captured "hot", meaning they occur while the Windows operating system is running and functioning normally, without the need to down the server first or boot into a pre-operating system mode. Two types of recovery points "base only" or "base with incremental" can be scheduled. Best practices suggest that a full system recovery point, called a base, be run during non-production hours or during times of lower system resource use. An incremental recovery point can be scheduled to run during production, depending on the size of the incremental file and the resource utilization settings for Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery.

Users should know which drivers their systems are using and whether they are supplied on the default SymantecTM Recovery Disk (SRD). The SRD is designed to recover all the computer systems in the user's environment. It contains all the storage, HAL, and kernel drivers that Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows® XP use when performing a new installation. Symantec has also included on the disk a large number of drivers that are not part of the standard Windows installation media. And in addition, the customizable SRD with Backup Exec System Recovery automatically harvests system drivers that are not already included on the SRD and allows administrators to add any necessary additional drivers to tailor a customized recovery environment to their unique hardware needs.

Recovering with Restore Anyware When Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery performs a bare-metal restore, the SRD loads the necessary storage controller, HAL, kernel, and network drivers into a Windows-based environment at boot-up. Users then indicate the

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