troubleshooting Question

AD restore in test environment on different hardware

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I am trying to test disaster recovery for our network and servers.  The goal is to get a Windows 2003 network with Exchange 2007 up and running.  The scenario is when all our hardware/software/network is destroyed and the ony thing left is a backup tape.  I have searched everywhere, read many threads on this site but I haven't been able to get anything useful running.

I started out with this MS support document:

This is a summary of what I have done so far:

Backup System State on the main DC to a backup file (Dell server) with NTBACKUP
Install Windows 2003 Server R2 Standard on HP Proliant DL380 server
Install AD, DNS and DHCP
Restart and boot into AD Restore mode
Copy boot.ini and Windows/Repair to seperate folder
Use NTBACKUP to restore System State
Copy boot.ini and Windows/Repair from backup folder to their original locations.

Both servers have two partitions (C: and D:).  This restore cause the server to go into a continious cycle of rebooting.  I tested on a Dell workstation but this gives an error with the hal.dll on startup.

What am I missing?  Do I need to restore more files from backup?  The entire Windows directory or entire C: drive?  

All I am interested in is to restore the user accounts which are needed for the Exchange 2007 restore.
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