I think I already know the answer to this but I wanted to check with some experts first.
I recently found out that my windows 2003 box with the Conficker virus. I have Active directory on that server with a few hundred users.
I am going to be migrating over to a new server immediately to get this infected server offline.
I have made daily backups of my System State both before and after the infection.
Ideally, I'd like to be able to restore one of my System state backups to my new server so I don't have to manually enter in all of those users again.
My question and concern is if I can use one of these System State backups and restore it to my new server without infecting my new server with the Conficker virus.
Does a Conficker infection affect the files of a System state Backup?
If the answer to the above question is yes, then I have another plan. I also have System State backups that were made last week (Before the Conficker infection). I could use one of these to restore my AD objects -- however when these backups were made, I was running Windows Server 2003 SP 1. I want to patch my new server to Windows Server 2003 SP 2, but would I need to first restore this System State backup SP 1 before I patched my new server to SP 2, or would it not matter?