Restoring An SBS 2003 Server - Backup Exec 11d
Posted on 2009-02-19
I am testing DR for our network. We have an SBS2003 server with two other DCs. I have successfully tested restoring the SBS server using ASR, although I am looking at the process of restoring the server in the case of a hardware failure, say the system disk, and for some reason the ASR is not possible (e.g. someone lost the floppy). We use Backup Exec 11d for all our backups across the network, backing up the disk.
Suppose I have a backup of the system partition, shadow copy components and system state. I replace the failed disk and start to re-install the OS. After the install I boot into Windows. At this point you would usually continue setup to configure the server if doing a fresh install.
What do I do now? I can push the remote agent out to the server, but how do I get the BE media server to restore to this server? I can't rejoin the server back to the domain with the same name without deleting the original DC object out of AD, and without the server being back on the domain with this name BE won't connect to it. I can't redirect the restore as this just restores the system state files to folders on the server.
I know in a non-SBS domain the easiest thing would be to reinstall and DCPROMO, but with an SBS server I'm unsure if this is possible.
How can I get the SBS server back up and running from these backups?
Thanks in advance.