I'm following the 12.5 Admin doc on doing a disaster recovery restore to a server via agent. This is a test, not production. Hardware is identical. Server is in domain but not a domain controller. So I have a full backup, system state, shadow copy as my source. The target is a server with newly installed server'03 and the backup agent pushed to it. Target server name is the SAME as source except it's in Workgroup, not domain.
I configure restore to use the source backup, system state, shadow copy items. Although the doc does not make reference to File Redirection, since the target is not in the domain now, file redirection is needed to locate the target - and I drill down to the target server with agent, C: and \ root. I specify that files are to be overwritten and registry overwritten. The idea being that the source will overwrite target files and system state.
I launch the restore. It runs - file restore, shadow components, system state. From the agent panel on the target I can see the agent is at work. It ends with a message: complete and reboot the target server. I reboot the target server. It comes up. Files are there. Registry overwrite has not happened. Server identity and application associations are those of the bare target, not the fully loaded source. It's like the system state restore did not run - yet there are no errors posted.
There is one odd thing: in the file restore there is a warning message to the effect that restores should be done to an agent otherwise the restore might not be complete. It's odd because there is an agent, the media server sees it and the agent panel shows its engaged in the restore.
This has been replicated several times and the target server rebuild from scratch several times.
Where do I go with this? Thanks for any/all assistance.