Restoring System State, on it's own

Hello.

I have taken a snapshot of my server's System State Data and Information Mail Store, and now I'm reinstalling SBS 2003. Is it possible to restore *just* the System State Data and Information Mail Store without the entire C drive too? If so, is there any special way to do this?

Thanks in advnace,

Dave
DReade83Asked:
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Sure, but are you wanting to do this on an already installed OS?  Or a bare metal restore?

Jeff
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DReade83Author Commented:
Bare metal.

I once tried this on an SBS installation, but for some reason it left every single folder on my C drive with security permissions looking like:

????-???????-?????-????
Builtin/Users
????-???????-?????-????
????-???????-?????-????

I'm guessing this is the Security ID for the users. Basically the end results of that restore was that I, the administrator, could not gain access to *any* folder on the C drive and was denied access.

Does this sound right, or is it likely I did the restore wrong?
Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Sounds like you didn't restore properly.  There is a how to in this paper:  http://sbsurl.com/backup

Jeff
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DReade83Author Commented:
Is does, but I've read that before and it only explains how to restore all files, not the individual system state.
Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
No, this describes how to restore your server under most any circumstance... if you don't want files restored, then you would simply uncheck the boxes on all drives, and just keep the System State checked.

Jeff
TechSoEasy
DReade83Author Commented:
I'm sure I've done that before which has resulted in the problem with the SID's occuring. Would there be any reason behind this?
Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
It would happen if your system state backup is corrupt.  Or if you modified or deleted any of the default SID's before making the backup.

Jeff
TechSoEasy
DReade83Author Commented:
Ah, I see. So is it OK to just restore the System State, or is it recommended to do the full thing?
Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Well, if your backup of the system state is corrupt or if you modified or deleted any of the default SID's before the backup it doesn't matter what you restore, because it'll fail.

Jeff
TechSoEasy
DReade83Author Commented:
OK, but if I take a backup copy of a working system state and restore it on to a fresh SBS installation, should that work?
Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Well, it really depends on a few things... if it's on the same machine, then it should work.  If on a different machine, it will most likely fail.  I don't really understand your thought process here though... as to why you would NOT want to perform a full restore?

You may want to review this TechNet section on the subject:  http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/exchange/guides/DROpsGuide/a9a96ee0-4916-4ca7-b777-1f2d426bf4c9.mspx

Jeff
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