Do Shadow Copies Fully Back Up the Registry and AD Database?
Posted on 2008-10-28
Does a shadow copy of a Windows 2003 Domain Controller's %SystemDrive% capture the Registry, AD database, and all other volatile system data structures completely and consistently such that if the shadow copy is copied to another volume it can boot and run a clone of the the original server?
That is, can I use vshadow.exe alone for backing up a Domain Controller, or do I need to use NTBackup (or some other commercial backup product like BE) to capture the "System State" info in a complete, consistent form?
I am specifically asking about a "pure" Windows Server 2003 Domain Controller, without any complications involving SQL Server, Exchange, or other applications.
Thanks for your help!