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System Recovery—Breaking through the Dissimilar Hardware Restore Challenge

With the new system prepared in this way, it is possible to boot it from the CD if necessary, access configuration data for rebuilding any portion of the system, or revert to an established baseline recovery point if problems are encountered during the migration.

The advantage of a migration plan is that all new hardware drivers can easily be added to the master SRD, and the SRD can then be used on all subsequent servers already in place.

Repurposing hardware for optimal resource utilization Much like hardware migration, repurposing can be a valuable exercise when some servers are being underutilized and others overworked. At one time or another, most IT organizations must repurpose hardware to optimize their use of existing resources.

Integrating Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery and its Restore Anyware capability into the hardware repurposing process helps to minimize the time it takes to migrate from one platform to the next. Manual reconfiguration of a server is, as mentioned previously, a multi-layer process that may involve up to 90 steps - and demand several hours of an administrator's time.

Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery offers a four-step process that can reduce this time by up to 80 percent:

  • 1.

    Boot the server to be repurposed.

  • 2.

    Ensure that the BIOS and RAID configurations are set properly for the new system. (Note: Steps 1 and 2 should take less than five minutes.)

  • 3.

    Locate the recovery point of the server being migrated from, and restore it to the new server.

  • 4.

    Back up the new server to a new directory, creating a recovery point in case there is a need to revert to this point on the new server. Do not delete the old recovery point before confirming a successful migration.


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