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SBS2003 System State Recovery Issue

Posted on 2009-07-01
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We had a total NTFS unrecoverable failure on a primary SBS2003 server. We have a recent tape backup containing c:\winnt c:\docs... c:\Program Files and System State.

The problem is the original server had sbs2003 installed to c:\winnt whereas the default and as far as I know unchangeable directory is c:\windows

This is a headache because we cannot restore system state to get Active Directory etc. working.

Has anyone come across this before? Can we forcibly change the install path for sbs2003??

Here is a really long way to fix this issue but I dont have any of the media and the server has been offline already 2days.

http://www.conetrix.com/Blog/post/Restoring-a-SBS-2003-System-that-was-Upgraded-from-SBS-2000.aspx

There must be an easier way to do this. Help much appreciated.
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by:jeffc1lin
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Oh my god! Just picked up media from clients site. Couldn't get access for the last 2 days due to safe lock being broken but upon starting the dell utility and selecting SBS2003 it actually defaults to /WINNT.

This is obviously some retarded bug they didnt pick up on at the time. Hopefully by using this old media I can get these guys operational. Will leave question open just in case things still go pear shaped.
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by:plug1
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I don't understand your problem? if you have the tape backup simply do a parrallell instalation to a different partition or directory like winnt2 then restore the system state to where it was. Once its done remove the temp windows directory you have created.. job done!
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Sorry forgot to respond.

The problem was that the system state on a clean install will not restore due to Windows being installed to a different folder c:\windows as opposed to the c:\winnt its expecting.

Its all resolved as I managed to find the original dell deployment cd which allowed me to install sbs to c:\winnt.

Cheers.
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Solved solution myself may help other users.
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