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Backing up and Restoring SBS Server 2003

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When backing up and restoring an SBS server what do you do if the server completly crashes? According to microsoft you wont be able to restore properly if the computer has a different number of CPU's or a different chipset etc.. is a solution to this or 3rd party backup software that can do the job?
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by:glenn_1984
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I assume you are talking about replaced the server with a new PC?

If you are, then any restore is going to need to take into consideration differences in hardware and required drivers.   Yyou can install the OS & tape backup software, restore from tape, then update any drivers you may need.

However, if you fix the same PC with replacement hardrives then products like Symantec Backup Exec with IDR option should work.

Some people claim they have even used Ghost 2003.
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by:Alan Huseyin Kayahan
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             *Microsoft is right and there wouldn't be any 3rd parity program which can succes this since OS installation creates hardware-private Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) for the hardware. Best thing you would do is restoring the system state and Active Directory Database.
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so if it does happen its going to be a royal pain, take a long to restore but it is possible?
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by:Alan Huseyin Kayahan
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        One more way you would try, restore the backup to that different server. OS wont boot up, probably will prompt blue screen. Then boot from OS cd and repair the installation. HAL will be re-written.
         But I can not guarantee what will happen in the SID side. If it changes (Most probably will), domain may become corrupt.
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Is there an easy way to upgrade to a new server (old server is running fine still) with out restoring a backup and going through that hassle,

both servers have the same operating systems
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          Yes, there are two ways.
               1)ADMT (Active Directory Migration Tool),
               2)Transferring FSMO by using ntdsutil to other server, once you add the other server as a secondary domain controller.
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