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Restore System State with Symantec Backup Exec

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Hi,

I have a Windows 2003 domain controller that won´t boot into Windows so I would need to restore the System State. I have a full backup of the System State that has been taken with Symantec Backup Exec 11d for Windows Servers. How can I restore this?

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Can you boot into safe mode, or directory services restore mode?  This is pretty much next to impossible, but let me ask a few questions to solve your problem of not being able to boot your dc up.  Do you have a full backup of the C drive from before it crashed?  If so this should be a cakewalk.  If not do you have any other dc's?  If you do then simply reload the OS on the system and promote it to be a dc in your domain, and remove your failed dc from active directory by following the step by step directions on this article.  (i just recently followed these myself so i can testify that they are pretty good directions)

http://www.petri.co.il/delete_failed_dcs_from_ad.htm
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No, I couldn´t boot into safe mode or DSRM. I resolved this issue by rebuilding the boot.ini file but I´m still curious how Symantec handled these situations.
I read from Symantec´s manual that the right way would be to reapply the OS and give the server the same name as it had earlier. And then restore the System State which restores even AD on it (non-authoritative) so you don´t have to delete the DC from AD.
The server has a C: and D: partition. If I restore the System State and the whole C: partition, do you think all the programs that are installed on partition D: would work after the restore?
It seems that Windows Backup is the best, easiest and cheapest backup software as it can use the Automated System Recovery.
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You are correct on the note regarding symantec's manual.  In your case since you have a d partition youd need to restore that also as with the system state comes ad and the registry, and several other things. If you didn't restore d it would work, but you'd get some errors if any programs on the d drive start up at boot up or run as services, and being a server i'd imagine you'd have a few.  NTbackup as you mention is the cheapest, and will accomplish the same task, but i don't know about the best unless you only have a couple servers.

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