Restoring SBS2003 backups to different hardware.
Posted on 2006-07-22
I've done a successful bare-metal restore of a busted SBS2003 - provided you have a reliable tape then it's no problem. MS's documentation taking you through it and hinting what needs fixing up by hand.
But now I need to restore to *different* hardware. The server's broke, it isn't *possible* to replace it with identical hardware, in any case we wish to take advantage of the opportunity to replace the old 1.8GHz Athlon with a dual-core Opteron coz the Athlon was getting slow...
We have a *perfect* full backup. No problems there. C-drive with all data, Information Store, and System State.
The MS document on restoring a backup to the SAME h/w says do NOT use that method if you (a) change chipset or (b) change number of CPus. Well, we're doing both! But the MS doc doesn't point to what to do instead.
This is a *basic* business requirement - there's no point *taking* bloody backups unless MS can provide a guide on how to restore it. So I assume it's in the MS pile somewhere. Anyone know where?
Failing that, anyone have a step by step guide?
Because I had nothing to use, I tried using the "same hardware" method but after successfully restoring C_drive and Sys-State, rebooting...BSOD. I had hoped to get a flurry of "New hardware found" events and to have to feed in driver disks and stuff. No such luck.
So I guess I need to selectivly restore. The data's easy. The hard part is getting the AD back. Even the Exchange store should be easy, I guess, IF we first have the AD back...