Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on August 30, 2006 05:54 AM
In theory, there's no need to back up the application itself (as long as the configuration info was backed up or otherwise recorded manually). They had the original install media.
I'd say not being able to reinstall without calling the vendor for a new key is a pretty good reason to back up the application itself. If anything goes wrong with that hard drive, ideally the system would fix itself (ie, raid and a notification to the admin to replace the failed drive, or a failover machine). Barring that, the admin should have had a plan that allowed him to come in and replace the drive manually, by himself, within an acceptable amount of down time. He didn't and hence, it's his own damn fault.