create a back door to access NTFS partition of an important WIN2K3 server.

I have an important win2k3 server which I'd like to be able copy files into the ntfs drives from a CD or USB drive when the original instance is not bootable because of corrupted system state - registry files.  

Can someone advise what I can configure on this server?

Thanks.


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dataflowsysCommented:
A Windows Pre-Environment bootable media disk would fit the bill easily.  This will make a minimal-load installation of Windows that can be run from bootable USB/optical media, and allow you to copy files to/from an existing installation (barring actual physical harddisk damage).
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webbster20Commented:
Plug the drive into another machine. You will then be able to access the data, give yourself administrative access to all the files if your user key is gone.
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nav2567Author Commented:
dataflowsys, would you advise how do I create a pre-environment bootable media disk?


Thanks.
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nav2567Author Commented:
by the way, this is a IBM server.  How do I include the disk drivers in the boot media?
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webbster20Commented:
Can you remove the drive manually and plug it into a desktop, recover the data there and then move it?
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nav2567Author Commented:
Webbster20, I am trying to make up some prep steps for our admin to quick access the ntfs file system and manage the files in case of a disaster.  I do not want them to open up the server and take out the disks.  

Thanks.
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FunkyBrownCommented:
http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/ will talk you through setting up a windows pre-environment.  However, if the files are important, it would best to have some sort of backup/disaster recovery plan, perhaps backing up data to tape or external HD nightly/weekly.
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nav2567Author Commented:
I will need to be able to copy some system state files into the server and repair it when the server is crashed and not bootable.  
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webbster20Commented:
You need to recover system state?

That sounds like this requires a Microsoft Case.
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nav2567Author Commented:
Thanks.
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