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?


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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).
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.
nav2567Author Commented:
dataflowsys, would you advise how do I create a pre-environment bootable media disk?

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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?
Can you remove the drive manually and plug it into a desktop, recover the data there and then move it?
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.  

FunkyBrownCommented: 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.  
You need to recover system state?

That sounds like this requires a Microsoft Case.
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