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Proper way to restore system state

What is the proper way to restore a machine with active directory.

I back up the system state on our DC daily.

If that machine dies and I build a new 2000 server how do I restore the
system state to the new machine.

hopefully I never need to do it..
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mkbeanCommented:
Hope this helps.

How to perform an authoritative restore to a domain controller in Windows 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;241594&sd=tech

Brian
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You should always test your recovery plan.

BUT, generally you will need to restore the the system state to a system with identical hardware configuration (Modem, sound card, brand of RAM, speed of CPU don't matter, but you want to have the same NICs, ESPECIALLY the same motherboard, and the same video card would be helpful and the same TYPE of hard drive (SATA, ATA, SCSI - brand and model don't really matter).

Then install windows to the same PATH as you had it before (and make sure it's the same drive letter as well.  If you had windows on D:\WIN2K then you MUST reinstall Windows to D:\WIN2K (most people would probably have C:\WINDOWS - in which case you use C:\WINDOWS - but keeping the path the same is critical)).  Once Windows is installed, use the backup software and restore the system in safe mode to be safe.  I've only had to do this once, but it's worked flawlessly for me.

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mkbeanCommented:
Leew is right on about testing your recovery plan.  I think it should be done about once a quarter or every 6 months.

One thing to note though is when you restore AD don't restore it in Safe-Mode, you have to boot up into Directory Services Restore Mode.  The link I attached has those steps.

Brian
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You might be right about the Dir Services Restore mode.  I was thinking that was only an option on a system that already knew it was once - or supposed to be - a DC.  But as I think about it, I'm pretty sure the option is there regardless of whether the machine was ever a DC or not.
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mkbeanCommented:
It is odd but you are right about DSRM being there if it is a DC or not.  It should only be used for recovering a DC or performing tasks such as an offline-defrag because those tasks cannot be performed while AD is running.

Brian
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FPCSAuthor Commented:
This server is old (dual Compaq 333) If we do a restore it would not be similar hardware.

 Is it possible to restore AD to hardware that is very different. I want to build a second DC but they wont till
at least Sept.

Thanks
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If you restore to different hardware, you likely won't be able to boot.  MAYBE, but PROBABLY not.  Go buy a cheap box and get a license for 2000 server now and build that second DC.
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