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SYSTEM STATE BACKUP IN 2000 SERVER

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Hi ,

Please let me know whether SYSTEMSTATE  backup  will take ADS, system related files and other drive files  in windows 2000 server ?

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suresh prasanna
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A Windows 2000 (Win2K) computer contains several crucial system components that are essential to its successful operation. You should ensure that you properly back up these components and that you can successfully restore them if things go wrong. Win2K Backup refers to these components as the System State, which has a different meaning depending on whether you're working with Win2K Professional (Win2K Pro) or Win2K Server. For Win2K Pro, System State refers to the boot files, the COM+ Class Registration database, and the Registry; for Win2K Server, it refers to these components and Active Directory (AD), Sysvol, the Certificate Services database, and the Cluster service. Screen 1 shows the System State components for a typical Win2K Server. Here's a summary of what the System State includes:

For Win2K Pro and Server:

    * Boot Files
    * COM+ Class Registration database
    * Registry

For Win2K Server:

    * AD (if the server is a domain controller)
    * Sysvol (if the server is a domain controller)
    * Certificate Services database (if the server is running Certificate Services)
    * Cluster service (if the server is running Cluster service)

System State Limitations
When you back up the System State, you back up the entire set of components to one .bkf file. You can either add to this file the next time you run a backup or overwrite it. Unfortunately, you can't back up or restore individual System State components using Win2K Backup because of certain dependencies among the components. It seems that unless you want to restore your entire system, including the AD and the Registry, backing up the System State wont help. This all-or-nothing proposition can be time consuming and, in some cases, worthless. On my bare-bones Win2K Pro machine, the System State backup occupies more than 222MB of hard disk space. As you can imagine, a Win2K server running AD and other services would require a large amount of disk space for the System State backup. However, disk space isn't the real issue herehard disks are relatively inexpensive. The problem is that if you make one change to your Registry or to a file in the Sysvol folder and then decide to restore the original from the System backup, you might have to restore half a gigabyte of data. Having said that, I should state that the purpose of the System State is to give you a complete backup of your important system files. To back up and restore individual components, you can use other methods that I address at the end of this column. Another limitation of the System State is that you can back it up and restore it only on a local computer; you can't back up or restore the System State of a remote computer. . . .

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc785306(WS.10).aspx
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows2000/en/advanced/help/ntbackup_system_state.htm
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