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Backup and recovery strategies

On the FT server, there are three partitions to support backup and recovery strategies as follows:
  • The C: drive is for the Windows operating system and applications.
  • The D: drive is for a database, such as the GV STRATUS system database. This allows you to restore the Windows operating system on the C: drive, yet keep the files on the D: drive intact. Typically the database is backed up and recovered with database-specific processes, rather than with a disk image.
  • The E: drive is for storing a system image of the other partitions. From the E: drive you can restore images to the C: and D: drives.

When you receive a FT server from the factory, the machine has a system-specific image on the E: drive. For the highest degree of safety, you should copy this image to a secure location that is not on the FT device itself.

You receive a recovery CD with your server. This recovery CD does not contain a disk image. Rather, the recovery CD is bootable and contains the Acronis True Image software necessary to create and restore a disk image.

After your server is installed, configured, and running in your system environment, you should create new recovery disk images for the machine to capture settings changed from default. These “first birthday” images are the baseline recovery image for the machine in its life in your facility. You should likewise create new recovery disk images after completing any process that changes system software or data, such as a software upgrade. In this way you retain the ability to restore to a recent “last known good” state.

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