SBS Restore of System State and Other Data

Posted on 2009-02-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hi. This should be a fairly easy answer for an expert.  We rebuilt an existing SBS2003 and had some problems.  They're all solved now (except for WSUS). The entire server was backed up using NTBackup to 3 tapes. One tape had c: & D: drive. One tape had E: drive. Last tape had Exchange Info Store and the priv1/pub1 DB's after Exchange services were shut down.
C: drive contained OS and Microsoft Program Files
D: drive had Exhange and Sharepoint DBs, Program Files other than Microsoft
E: Drive had only business data

The initial restore took 3 tries.  Here's how they went.  Each restore was on a newly installed SBS OS with SP's.
1. First restore was done with just System State. Then C: drive, then D: drive.  It didn't work.
2. Second restore was done with d: drive first, then C: drive and System State together.  It didn't work.
3. Third restore was C:, D: and System State together.  It worked but we still had to manipulate permissions on shares for users to get access.

Here's the question.  There was controversy about whether Restores 1 & 2 were the problem.  Would it make a difference in what sequence we restored the files?  If we restored the D: drive first, would that have corrupted the System State?
Question by:compuchicks
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    Accepted Solution

    System State should be the last thing restored.

    Normally you would restore the files, all the files.  Then reboot into directory services restore mode and restore system state.

    If you don't have all the files in place before restoring system state you can have problems.
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    Expert Comment

    I've covered the whole procedure on one page:

    Author Closing Comment

    This answered the question.  It makes sense.  We followed the Microsoft steps that were in the referenced link and still had problems.  Bet if we had followed tomcahill's recommendation, it would have saved a lot of pain.  Thanks.

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