SBS 2003 crash - how to restore to different hardware
Posted on 2010-08-27
Wanted to get some expert opinions on the best way to go about restoring a crashed server. Have an SBS 2003 server with exchange 2003 running. The flat file data (word, excel, cad, etc.) is on a seperate member server so I was able to give users direct access to their data.
Purchased a new server (different hw platform) arriving today. I have a good SBS full backup from 2 days ago and a full image based backup from 2 months ago (zenith infotech bdr server which crashes every month but the image backups are good).
I can do a bare metal restore with the image backup but not with the SBS backup (as far as I know). If I had a good 2 day old image backup (and not 2 months old), I would restore that and we'd be up and running.
My plan was to do (step1) the bare metal restore with the 2 month old image, then (step2) to restore the active directory and exchange with the sbs backup (most recent). Not sure how to do that STEP2. If there is a way to do a Bare Metal Restore with an SBS backup, that would make it easier but I haven't ever done that (totally different hw platform, raid card, etc.)
Any advice would be appreciated