Restore System State on Server 2003
Posted on 2009-04-22
I have a production server (Server 2003), running AD and Exchange 2003, with several hundred users. I make regular backups of the system state and Exchange Information store using NtBackup.
I have a test server in my lab with AD and Exchange already installed (Same domain name, same computer name).
I want to get the several hundred users from the live machine, into my test server, ultimately so I can restore the Exchange store and make sure my Exchange backups are valid.
I understand I need to restore the system state backup from the live machine onto my test server, before I can restore the Exchange Store.
However, I'm not certain how to do this. I've seen various tech articles describing this but most of them approach this from the standpoint that AD has crashed and/or is corrupt. This is not the case here obviously. I just want to make sure my backups are valid.
So, can someone help me with the following:
1. Outline the steps needed to restore AD in this particular case, and/or point me in the direction of the proper Tech article.
2. It also sounds like I will need to reboot the test server into Directory Services Mode -- can you please confirm if that is true in this particular case.
3. Which of the three System State restore modes do I need (non-authoritative, authoritative, etc...)
4. Some articles I read say I will need to run ntdsutil after the restore, is that true in this case?
Thanks very much,