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.
Try the following:
1. Install the OS on the new server.
2. Boot into DSRM mode and restore the system state.
3. Reboot into normal mode. If you get problems booting, then you will need to boot to the OS CD, and run a repair install on the system partition of the new server. This will re-assess the new hardware and configure the OS accordingly (a downside to this is that you will have to re-patch the server)
4. Reboot and you should be OK. You may still have to re-install certain PnP drivers such as video/NIC etc.
If you are looking for a built-in solution, try an ASR backup. This allows for restore to different hardware (although your disk configuration will need to be of the same capacity/config). It uses the OS CD during restore to ensure the correct hardware drivers are installed.
Check these links out:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc758365.aspx (MS info on ASR)
http://www.dell.com/downloads/global/power/ps1q04-pur_oe.pdf (Dell PDF document regarding ASR)