Mon, Apr 3 2006 12:24
To the IT pros of the world.. if you are recommending a disaster plan to a small firm.. can you do me a favor and test it out in a testbed first (and now with Virtual server being free you have no excuse)
See if you guys see any problems with this plan....
- CPA Firm
- Nearly three year old hardware - SBS 2000 server - Raid 5 config - SCSI
- Lost two drives already
- IT firm is recommending a second server, entry level Dell with Windows 2003 R2 standard edition with a twice daily sync to minimize down time
- They say that if the main SBS 2000 goes down... "all that needs to be done is change the login scripts" and the firm will be back in business within 10 to 15 minutes
Okay class... how many problems do we see with this?
First off... no one has pointed them to the MPAN program where they could sign up for the Action Pack and get them up to SBS 2003.
Next.. at about three years.. I start looking at that hardware and start to move it to a secondary position.....so I'd probably recommend a new server and move this existing server to a secondary role
Next... "all that needs to be done is login scripts"? Uh... what about Exchange? Your drive mappings? The fact that you are joined to the domain controller that isn't there? If you are on XPs.. the DNS settings? Does anyone else besides me see issues with this plan?
So I'd say to that IT firm... prove it....
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