BESR 8.5 What’s Old:By Frank Ohlhorst | Print
Backup Exec System Recovery 8.5 may just be what the doctored ordered for solution providers looking to serve the disaster recovery and business continuity markets.
Of course, Symantec has not eliminated any of the features that previous versions of BESR were known for. Purchasers (or upgraders) will still find features such as "Restore Anywhere," which allows a backup to be restored to dissimilar hardware, while eliminating most of the problems created by Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) changes.
Other returning features include the ability to create customized recovery disks, which can store all of the drivers and other custom information that is needed to restore a system from a backup. The idea here is to create a CD with all of the necessary drivers and a rudimentary OS that can boot a repaired system into a state where it is ready to restore the complete backup. That eliminates the tedious task of reinstalling an operating system and drivers before being able to restore the system from a backup.
BESR offers a "lights-out" capability that can be used to remotely restore a failed system. Although a little complicated to set up and manage, the "lights-out" portion of the product allows a solution provider to access a system remotely and perform a complete restore, even if the system cannot boot to its native OS. A handy feature for solution providers looking to offer MSP-style solutions for disaster recovery.