The Symantec Backup Exec for Windows Servers Intelligent Disaster Recovery Option (IDR) enables you to quickly and efficiently recover Windows computers after a hard drive failure. The IDR wizards guide you in preparing for disaster recovery and in recovering a local or remote computer to its pre-disaster state.
Before you can recover computers, you must prepare for a disaster by performing the following steps in the order listed:
On the media server, use the IDR Configuration Wizard to specify a location where a copy of the computer-specific disaster recovery file (*.dr file, where the asterisk represents the name of the computer being protected) will be stored.
Run full backups of the hard drives on the computers to be protected. Include System State for Windows 2000 and Windows XP computers, and Shadow Copy Components for Windows 2003/Vista/Server 2008 computers. Do not exclude any files from the full backups; otherwise the *.dr file will not be created.
The IDR Configuration Wizard guides you through setting an alternate data path for the *.dr file. The default data path for the *.dr file is on the media server's hard drive, but Symantec recommends that you specify an alternate data path to store another copy of the *.dr file in case the media server's hard drive is damaged.
Backup Exec creates the *.dr file during a full backup and stores it in the default and alternate storage locations. Catalog entries from subsequent backups are added to the *.dr file as these backups are completed.
The IDR Preparation Wizard guides you through the preparation of the bootable media that you use to recover protected computers. The IDR Preparation Wizard also lets you copy the *.dr file to any location.
After you have performed these steps for each computer you want to protect, you are prepared to recover those computers using any of the following recovery methods: