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How to restore from backup in SBS 2008

Easy question, I think.

I have a server running Windows SBS 2008. It is making daily full backups to an external hard drive.

If the server goes down really catastrophically - e.g. I can't boot it at all - how do I restore from the external hard drive?
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Philip Elder

8/22/2022 - Mon
Rick Hobbs


This does not explain how to restore in the event of a complete system crash. It's easy to restore if you can boot windows. How do I restore from the hard drive if the hard disk dies and I've replaced it with a new blank one?
Sumesh BNR

it depend on the backup method you are using
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Sumesh BNR

are  you using ntbackup or third party?

I'm using basically the exact thing that rickhobb's posted - the native Windows Backup & Restore utility to make full backups to an external hard drive.

It isn't quite NTBackup... since that got depricated as of Vista/2008, but it is the windows native backup utility.
Rob Williams

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Philip Elder

Put the SBS disk in the optical drive and boot from it. Choose Repair, Restore my PC, Full Restore, choose your backup date (with USB drive plugged in), and run the full restore.

Server will reboot once finished, make sure that Exchange is up and happy.

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