Restore Windows 2003 server - ntbackup

Posted on 2009-05-25
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Last Modified: 2012-05-07
Hi Experts,

I am planning to upgrade an existing Windows 2003 server with new hard drives.
The existing configuration is as follows;
HP ML350 G3
6 * 36GB RAID 5 (C: 72GB, E:100GB)
Ultium Tape Drive 800GB
OS - Windows 2003 Server
Exchange 2003
Active Directory

I plan to replace the 6 * 36GB with 6 * 148GB (C:240GB, E:500GB)

Here are the steps I intend to perform

1. Replace physical disks in RAID cage
2. Configure new RAID
3. Install Windows 2003 server
4. Install Tape drive
5. Full restore from tape
6. Restart system

These steps seem pretty straight forward  Is there something Im missing?

Question by:MickDoev

Expert Comment

ID: 24470433
While removing the old hdd's, make a note-from which slots hdd's removed.It will be helpful to restore it back if in case the new configuration doesnt work. Make sure the latest  System State-AD and Information stores are available in the tape. If possible, take backup in two seperate tapes for a redundancy.
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Accepted Solution

ccomley earned 120 total points
ID: 24471507
If you are doing a BARE METAL restore to the SAME system (except it has bigger disks) then

1) Take a full NTBackup backup of the entire system, that's C-drive (E-drive etc,m for any "drives" that are on the disks you're chaning) including Excahnge server, and including System State.

2) Take out the old disks, fit new disks.

3) Install SBS2003 as if from new. Just install normally until you have support for the tape drive enabled. Don't worry about any other hardware, installing patches or anything, JUST get SBS 2003 basic install and TAPE support working.

4) Boot the server in Directory Recovery Mode (one of the options from the F8 menu as you boot)

5) Run a complete restore of the above backup from tape.

6) Reboot the computer and start up normally.

7) That should be it. You should now find everything running as before!

IF it all goes wrong, just put the ORIGINAL disks back in the server and then you should be back where you started. Resolve the problem then try it all again next window of op.


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