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Restore Server 2003 from NTBACKUP without ASR disk, boot drive letter is E:

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I inheritied a disaster... on an important server both RAID drives failed, but we managed to backup the system using NTBACKUP to an external hard drive.  Unfortuately the ASR backup filed, so we don't have the boot disk.  We replaced the hard drives and now need to restore the data.

One complication is that for some reason the boot drive on the machine was set to E:

What is the best way to restore the system from the .bkf file?  From what I understand, we need to reinstall Server 2003 Standard, then run the restore.

Does someone know the best procedure for a restore, including the drive E: issue?

Note that there is no Exchange to worry about, and the server hardware is identical.
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install the server first. make sure that the configuration is same as before. then extract the whole backup in a temp hdd. after that move data in the correct directory (d:\inetpub\sites). later, you might need to change configuration in IIS depends on the nature of the domain.

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We found that it was much less complicated to have Windows Server 2003 setup create two dummy partitions (C and D) then the E: bootable partition.  We had MS WS2K3 install the OS into drive E: and then ran the restore from NTBACKUP.

There was no need to install the backup into a temporary hard drive as it pulled from a network drive just fine.

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Any way you feel is best.

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