Intelligent Disaster Recovery

Applies to BE11Applies to BE10Backup Exec's Intelligent Disaster Recovery Option (IDR) is designed to speed up the process of disaster recovery. It removes the requirement for installing the operating system before restoring from a backup. It integrates with the ASR functionality of Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP.

IDR is a great option…

…in theory.

For anyone considering the IDR option, consider carefully the following:

  • Do you really need it?
    • How often do you perform a disaster recovery?
    • The IDR option might save you an hour during the recovery. Is it worth the expense?
  •  Have you got the time and resources to test it?
    • You should of course be performing regular disaster recovery tests anyway, but it's strongly recommended to test IDR.
  • Will it work at all?
    • Some configurations simply won't work with IDR. Search the Symantec forums for IDR problems to get an idea of what doesn't work.