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Restore Moss Sharepoint 2007 from DPM

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Anyone done a complete restore from MS Data Protection Manager of a sharepoint server.
I am about to increase the size of my sharepoint partition on server 2003 R2 and of course if it goes belly up I am trying to ascertain the steps to restore from DPM.
If I rebuild server and OS and give it same name and IP and  and re-install sharepoint and sql server to same version and service pack , will I need to recreate the sharepoint site first again, then use DPM to restore DB to server sql , wss db's etc , all the permissions will be using same administrator accts as before etc or can I restore system state, then sql and sharepoint db's...will this work??
Thanks in Advance
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by:quihong
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Seems like a huge gamble considering you haven't ever done a restore using DPM, and even if someone responds and tells you they did it successfully, its still a big gamble.

What exactly do you mean by increasing the size of your SharePoint partition? The disk partition that your content database is on?

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Thanks for the reply...Yes , it was only setup with a 40GB part and as they been adding content SQL is on the same part , so instead of moving DBs from sql to another partition I was going to increase the size of the existing to get me by, moving DB's to another drive etc I reckon is just as risky, I read plenty of posts when doing that of issues and problems happening so i was gonna take the simpler means, if it works ..that was easy, if not I gunna have to restore it.
Funny thing is....isn't that exactly what DPM is for ?? MS say its really for restoring not backing up data so whats the good of it if its dodgey or a gamble to restore using DPM?
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I don't think you need to resort to DPM for what you are doing. Probably the simplest method would be to use a tool like Norton Ghost.

Ghost the partition to a image file and then restore it back to a new disk or the same disk (if you have space). This would probably be the safest and easiest method.
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always have problems with ghost talking thru raid controllers,  in a hardware raid 1 !!
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Yeah, I can understand that problem. Have you ever heard of BartPE?

I use a BartPE disk with the correct mass storage controller driver (raid) for all my workstations and servers along with ghost32.exe. It's not that hard to setup and build.

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Yeah I use it , might be the quickest option as long as you can trust the image creates succesfully, aw well its probably the easiest solution tho.
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Only graded as B as original question RE Dpm was  not really answered but alternative option was workable.
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