SBS 2003 Restore to new hardware Backup Exec 10d System State, AD and Public Folders
Posted on 2009-02-17
Hello all - I 've not had the best day.
I have had a motherboard fail in a production SBS server. The worst hasn't yet come to the worst as Dell are coming out to replace the motherboard, but I like to be prepared for every eventuality and have a plan in place should I end up needing to migrate them to new kit.
This client are due a new server fairly soon and if the server still doesn't work following the new motherboard, I suspect we will end up moving onto a new box as they are not likely to pay for my time to migrate everything twice.
Good news is that I have a backup. It is on an external drive as B2D folders. I have coped them to my own SBS and catalog'd them with BackupExec 10d. I am able to do successful restores to my box of file level data and email folders from the brick level backup. I am unable to do the same with public folders, which I have ascertained from research, are not redirectable.
For info, my backups consist of Share data, Exchange (store and brick level,) All Shadow Copy Components / System State.
The public folders are a major issue, as it is a massive structure of 14gb+ - I am not concerned with permissions as nothing is really locked down.
From what I have read, it should be possible to restore the entire public folder store to new (different) hardware, provided I make the server and domain name the same. Is this correct and tried and tested?
Leading on from this, if I am installing fresh on a new server, I know I shouldn't restore the system state as the registrys won't match, but is it possible to restore just the AD so I get my user accounts back? Is it possible to restore the stores if I don't do the system state as well? Can I just attach the mailboxes in the restored stores to my newly created users? Finally, and most importantly, as I have alternatives for the mailboxes, what will happen to the public folders?
It is the public folders causing the sticking point. I thought I could restore them from the brick level backups like mail folders but it seems not, rather gutted about this as I assumed it would be possible!