Restore only 2003 Domain controller

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I have only one domain controller.  It is the only server for my small companys network.  It's a 2003 server with exchange 2007 on it also.  I would like a straight forward step by step on how to restore a single and only 2003 domain controller.  Then restoring exchange 2007.  I use ntbackup as my backup utility.  I know there's nothing specific, but a general step by step on these topics would be great.  If you all could point me to the correct documentation that would be great.
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Alan HardistyCo-Owner
Top Expert 2011

Commented:
What exactly are you looking for in terms of a step by step guide?
Do you want suggestions as to how it might go wrong and how to recover it?
Do you want suggestions about how to backup using alternative software instead of NTBackup so that you can recover your server quickly in the event of a server disaster?
There are so many different scenarios it is difficult to know where to start.

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I'm stuck with the backup solution I have.  I guess I'm looking for a document that does a good job of walking you through restoring your only domain controller, and restoring exchange 2007 with NTbackup.  Assuming generic hardware equipment and assuming a proper backup.  The correct microsoft kb aritcle might do it.  I found plenty of articles but the all assume another DC.  Same with exchange restore.  I want to document my disaster recovery procedures and want something that shows restore procedures step by step.  I'll take that and modify it for my particular situation.

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Below are a couple links to get you started.  There is tons of information out there available for use.  Technet has some great resources.

Why did you not choose SBS server?  In a small network as you seem to have, it is normally more cost effective to install SBS than the combination you have.

Windows 2003 DC
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc785849(WS.10).aspx

Exchange 2007
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Configuring-Exchange-Server-2007-Preview-Chapter9-Disaster-Recovery-Exchange-Server-2007.html
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Not really my choice I just got here.  Small business would have been fine but I'm not sure their was to much awareness of what's out there.  Also they have doubled in size in the last year, so maybe it was best not to go with SBS. Who knows?

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SBS currently supports up to 75 users, but if that is what you found when you got there, then you have to deal with it. If the company is growing, maybe a second DC and dedicated Exchange server is in the near future.
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Top Expert 2016
Commented:
i think the easiest way is to get a software like livestate or storagecraft to backup the server as a whole. it reduce your recovery time from 1 day to 1 hour.


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Whats' the best bare metal backup solution.  Symantec System Recover for severs or is something better out there.
Alan HardistyCo-Owner
Top Expert 2011

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I personally use Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery Server and it is a great product - there are others available such as
Acronis Backup & Recovery http://www.acronis.com/backup-recovery/advanced-server/  but I don't have any experience of it.
Several of my customers have thanked me for suggesting they use Symantec's BESRS software.  I have used it to bring back from the dead many servers and also to re-size their disks.
 
Jian An LimSolutions Architect
Top Expert 2016

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there only a few of them and all of them works great if you setup correctly :)

BESR (previously call livestate)
Acronis
StorageCraft (previous developer from BESR, sector based backup)
and etc



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