Using Windows Server Backup 2008/2008 R2 for a Disaster Recovery from a network share.

A way to reduce various costs for backups is for instance to use the built in
Windows Server Backup on Windows Server 2008 R2 and either use a locally, attached disk / USB drive and dedicate it for backups or use a networks share
for storing the backups.
If you’re running Windows Server 2008 (not R2) , rememeber that there are a few limitiaons to Windows Server Backup when it comes to System State backups . You’ll have to script them basically.

The downside to using a network share is that you’ll only have one generation to revert to and that’s unforunately too little. You could of course create separate directories for separate ays of week but that’ll cost you loads of diskspace.
A better solution is to use a dedicated drive for it to be able to have multiple genrations.
Another obvious downside to this is that your backups are still in the same datacenter .. If it burns down or anything, so will your backups …

Trust me, I know about one-generation backups., I had a RAID controller die on me while the backups were running, rendering the backup utterly useless. That was not a good day.

Well, if you’re satisfied with only the one generation or if you plan to use it just to hav a quick way to get the basics up, here’s a few quick pointers that might be good to remember.

1. Have a DHCP server running on the network. There might be a way to manually set the IP address but it will be much quicker to use a DHCP server.The network client that is started in the installation is a smaller network client than the one in the actual OS:

2. Have the IP address for the server/ networkshare documented and a valid username / password for it. Also make sure the share is reachable correctly and that you’re on the same network / subnet where the network share is located.

3. Make sure you’ve set the disks/array/RAID in advance before booting on the install media

After these steps,. you should be good to go. Simply type in the IP address for the network share, the username & password and browse for the backup you want to use.

Also check the “exclude drives” selection in the restore GUI so you don’t have to start over simply because you’ve included disks in the backup you’re not interested in restoing anyways.

By Juha Jurvanen

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