Reinstalling Windows 2003 SBS Server

Posted on 2006-06-09
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
After failing to repair a Windows installation with the Windows CD, I am faced with reinstalling Windows on a server.  The file corruption has been faithfully backed up to tape so that the backup tapes are of little use to me now.  Fortunately this server was only used to manage and backup data and files for five users.  

I am under the impression that I can do a manual Windows Backup of User data and User files to another PC in the network, and then I would reinstall Windows and restore the backed up information to this machine.  Would that work?  Can anyone point me to a good checklist for rebuilding a little domain like this?  Thanks in advance,  - ggordon777
Question by:Gary Gordon
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Hi ggordon777,

careful with SBS, i don't know if the same applies completely

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1) Copy the fils to another location.
2) Create a Windows Server system state back to another location.
3) Reinstall the server,
4) Restore the system state from the share point.


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Booda2us earned 500 total points
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Exactly what is the corruption? Have you tried replacing your .dat files with the .dao files? Are you sure the files you're trying to save aren't corrupt? Have you tried running SFC.exe from a command prompt?  Booda2us

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by:Gary Gordon
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Hello Booda2us,

The corruption in question is the absence of the Windows "Server Management" Console on a Windows 2003 Small Business Server.  It's gone, and gone with it is the access to many of the wizzards I need to configure this server.  In several places I can see the icon for the Server Management console, but I cannot launch it and windows reports missing files.

The next time I am in that office I am going to boot the machine from the Windows CD and try to do a repair type install.  If that does not work, then I will reinstall Windows.  I have not tried doing the things you mentioned above.  I will research them and give it a shot.

Thanks for the help.  - G

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by:Gary Gordon
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I just used sfc /scannow from a command prompt and fixed another W2K3 SBS machine!  I think this will do the trick on the other machine as well.  Thanks for the good advice Bood.

- G

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