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Posted on 2008-06-25
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Dear experts,

The question is:

If I have a Server 2003 that is patched up to date and has all the necessary software installed, if and one day it completely crashes and I perform ASR recovery (System State) will it reinstall all the software and patches? Or do I actually need to perform a full backup to restore that data?

Thanks in advance,
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I believe that it would be a good idea to do a full backup on regular increments either way. Do you have a tape drive or what is your means of Backup? Our company does a full-backup every night, but we also add and move a lot of data on a daily basis. At least you know your covered if you have a full backup, with the recovery console, it will pretty much return things to the last point they were saved at, which depends on when you last set a restore point. If there's complete destruction, it will NOT restore the software that is 3rd party, because it only backs up critical system files and things associated with the OS, not installation/configuration files for software installed. My advice is Full B/U all the way. Set it at Night when no one is there, and let it roll. Set up pruning on the backup software, which will only change the files that have been changed, thus taking less time. Hope this helps.
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Thanks,

But a Full backup should restore 3rd Party Software and everything else?
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Yes, what you would do would be to reinstall Server 2003, then reinstall the program you're using to backup the data, and then load it up from that program and it should be exactly how you left it, pre-disaster, haha.
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If you have an ASR backup of your server the following is backed up:
- Complete system volume (in most cases C:)
- System state

So with an ASR you can completely restore the server including updates and software.
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MInvis,

Including 3rd Party? But excluding all user data, right?
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The complete system volume at file level. So also including 3rd party software. All files and software on other partitions/drives is not included in the ASR.
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Also including userdata on the system volume.
So if your system volume is C and your userdata is on D. the userdata will not be part of the ASR. If the system volume is C and your user data is on C, the userdata will be part of the ASR.
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Hi guys,

last question, can you automate ASR backups. Schedule them to run periodically?
Thanks,
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NTbackup accepts the undocumented "asrbackup" command line parameter (used
instead of "backup"), which allows scheduled ASR backups.
See also: http://www.cristalink.com/fsrm/hh.aspx?id=schedule#asr.

It should be like:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ntbackup.exe asrbackup /n "ASR for myServer" /d "ASR for
myServer" /v:yes /r:no /rs:no /hc:off /m normal /j "SystemBackup" /l:s /f
"D:\ASR\ASR_myServer.bkf"

Don't forget to insert an empty floppy, otherwise the backup will fail.
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