Restore system state to another server

Posted on 2005-03-27
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Last Modified: 2010-04-14
Hi All Experts,

I want to replace my old server by new server and I want to tranfer SAM database to new server, I backup old server's system state and then try to restore the system state to new server(It have difference hardware configuration), but new server can't start. How can I restore the SAM database of W2K AD from old server to new server.

Question by:tuancd
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Do it properly.

Install the new server seperately, as a second Domain Controller.  Then transfer the FSMO roles and make the new server a Global Catalog Server (GC).  Then run DCPROMO on the old server and demote it.  Then you can remove it from the domain.

System State Restores RARELY work when you change the hardware that dramatically.
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by:Nirmal Sharma
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>>>How can I restore the SAM database of W2K AD from old server to new server.

SAM and AD database? SAM database if this server is not running domain controller and local user accounts are stored in this database and AD if this server is running as a domain controller and its accounts are created and maintained in NTDS.DIT file.

So are you running domain controller and then you are moving a domain controller to another server? Is that your requirement? or you want to move a standalone server to another server?

Let me know.



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Thank Leew, do you have document or link which contain instruction tell how to perform the tranfering FSMO roles and make a GC.

I am running domain controller and want to move my DC to another server.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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by:Nirmal Sharma
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>>>I am running domain controller and want to move my DC to another server.

But you have indicated at SAM database also so i am confused.

Transffering FSMO Roles using NTDSUTIL: -



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