i recently had an issue where it was looking like i needed to restore a 2008 domain controller - thankfully i got the issue resolved. But at least the issue brought to my attention the issues around restoring a DC -
basically i have 2 DC's, one of which has all 5 FSMOs and i was persuming based on some prior advise that a Full drive image with symantec system restore 8.0 would be sufficant to restore a DC that has all 5 FSMOs as it would have a sytem state of never any older than 24hrs, and that when it was brough online again it would sync with the 2nd DC! and all roles would still be active
but then i was seeing threads and also got different advise again from symantec tech support were the advise was that you have to apply system state to the DC after the restore! - which i dont understand why!? should i be backing up The DCs system state every X hrs as well as a drive image?
Does the drive image not apply the system state correctly?
Does the drive image allow the DC to take over FSMO roles again?