What is the right order to restore SBS 2003 R2
Posted on 2009-07-01
I have a server with2 mirrored drives. Primary drive failed, mirror wouldn't boot. to cut a long story short, situation now is I have a new primary drive, other drive is disconnected, and I am trying to do a fresh install.
Before the server failed totally, I did a backup to USB drive of system state, exchange IS, and some data.
Now I try and restore the system state, and everytime I get into continuous reboot cycle. what I have done so far (twice) is as follows:-
Installed SBS2003 SP2 from scratch, cancelled setup after the disk 1 part has finished (at the configure your server stage), rebooted system, logged in OK, then started NTBackup restore of system state. checked all the options to overwrite etc etc and all seems OK until it restarts - gets as far as preparing network connections then reboots. Same in safe mode, and last know good just locks halfway through on a grey screen. Choosing to repair the windows installation hangs at a similar point.
Now the original installation probably had the R2 technologies CD installed, but if I try that now it seems that because Exchange etc hasn't been set up I can't install that portion, and the R2 bit itself says that the server must be SP1, and the system disks are SP2.
So....what is the right order of doing things to get this beast up and running again? Many thanks