Bare-metal recoveries can present several challenges to an IT staff. They can be time-consuming, and recovering Windows systems to different hardware configurations can be difficult.
Do you need bare-metal restore capabilities? In some instances, traditional disk- and tape-based backup and recovery techniques may be sufficient. Once the operating system and applications have been restored, the backed-up data can then be reinstalled. But be sure to test your backup and restore capabilities regularly. In the aftermath of a system outage, you want to be confident that you can restore your systems and data quickly and efficiently: Your company depends on it (and so may your job). Also, document your recovery and restoration procedures so that others may be able to perform restorations in case the designated IT staff is not available.
Some examples of bare-metal recovery products include Acronis Backup & Recovery, Symantec Corp. NetBackup Bare Metal Restore (an an option to Symantec's NetBackup 6.0) and Microsoft's Data Protection Manager 2007 System Recovery Tool.
This was first published in July 2010