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Planning for Disaster Recovery Using Virtualization

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A catastrophic failure of a main datacenter or the simple loss of the servers in remote site is an IT Departments nightmare scenario. Planning how to restore services as quickly as possible with the minimal data loss is a key IT task. Virtualization technologies offer the ability to simplify some of that planning. Being able to take a copy of a virtual image and redeploy it on another server drastically reduces the downtime and potential data loss.

Taking a copy of an existing virtual image and deploying it on another server as a backup drastically reduces the downtime and potential data loss.

The resources on this page are designed to help you plan and use these protections systems to create a disaster recovery scenario for your organization.

Getting IT services back up and running after a disaster is often determined by how fast new hardware can be sourced and then how fast the backup processes work. When individual servers are involved this can be a complex process. Creating virtual images as a disaster recovery policy, either from physcial machines or from existing virtual hosts, can speed up the restore process.

The scenario described on this page is designed to provide a template for your disaster recovery plan. It may not match your needs exactly, but it should get you to right resources to make the best decision for your organization.

TechEd 2010 Session: Disaster Recovery and Virtualization Best Practices
Microsoft’s Jason Buffington examines the key considerations for IT Pros using virtualization as a backup strategy.

TechNet WebCast: Site Recovery for Hyper-V with Citrix Essentials
A recorded conversation about site recovery for IT environments using Citrix tools.

TechNet Forum: Hyper-V Disaster Recovery Setup
Connect with a community of IT practitioners talking Hyper-V and DPM deployment.

Solution Accelerator: Hyper-V Security Guide
A package of information and tools for evaluating the security of your virtualized Windows Server environment.

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