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SBS 2003 Restoring to new hardware

mhiaepic asked
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Last Modified: 2007-12-19
I’m using NTBACKUP on our current SBS 2003 server to do all of our backups.

I have a new computer that I using to test out the restore on in case the hardware in our current server falls over.

But Im having a huge amount of difficulty getting the restores to work at all.
As after I restore to the server it wont reboot in to SBS or even SBS safemode 

I have service pack 1 installed on the current server as well as the server I installed the restore on too

Any ideas on a better approach for restores to SBS 2003 server with new hardware
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal Consultant
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yep... gonna be a problem.  http://sbsurl.com/backup will provide you a complete overview of SBS2003 backup and restore capabilities.

The only way to easily restore to new hardware is to use Symantec's LiveState Restore which supports this option.


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Yup , NTBackup alone is not going to do it you'll need 3rd party software, or spend a lot of time on it.

I believe restoring the system state includes drivers etc which will undoubtedy bomb-out the new server.

You could setup the server (obviously same name & domain) and try restoring the active directory to it, then the exchange store etc ie bit by bit.  Fortunately I've never been in a position to have to try that.

The MS route for moving it to new hardware involves doing a server migration, obviously requiring both servers to be up. It's also quite a job.

You could take a look at sbsmigration.com and have a server in pretty much a standby state - I havent used them myself but have heard lots of good comments.
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