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Using NTBackup.exe, will the following @file.bks contents backup enough of the system to allow a full restore on another machine including Exchange and User accounts (MSSQL not used)?

The full command line used is

ntbackup.exe backup "@C:\<path>\file.bks"
/d "SBS Backup"
/v:yes
/r:no
/rs:no
/hc:off
/m normal
/snap:on
/j "Small Business Server Backup Job"
/l:s /f "\\<destinationmachine\<sharename>\backup.bkf"
/UM NTBACKUP LOG FILE: <logfile.log>


============
SystemState
C:\
JET <servername>\Microsoft Information Store\First Storage Group\
============

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Why are you not running the SBS Backup wizard?  That's what will assure you that you can restore.  However, you cannot restor to another machine unless the following are the same as the original machine:

•  SCSI controller. You can restore to a computer that has an IDE controller if the original computer had SCSI.
•  Motherboard chip set.
•  Number of processors.
•  Hard disk size. The new computer’s hard disk should contain matching volumes the same size or larger than those on the original computer.
•  Drive letter of the boot partition.

You should review http://sbsurl.com/backup for complete details.

Jeff
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Actually, the backup config above is generated from the SBS Backup wizard.

As a matter of interest, if one of the restore criteria is not met (say the motherboard chip set) how far can you go with a restore from the SBS Backup wizard generated backup.

It certainly seems that user files can be stored, but I am more concerned about Exchange and restoration of the mail store.
I feel very uncomfortable in having to 'trust' the SBS Backup wizard without understand how it works and ideally to be able to prove the restoration of critical bits.

With your experience Jeff, how realistic is it to get a clean restore from such backups

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How realistic is it to get a "clean" restore from standard SBS backups?  I think it's VERY realistic to be able to do so.  If you had to recover to different hardware it is possible to do, it just requires additional steps.  Please see my response to this question here:  http:Q_21826969.html

Jeff
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