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SBS 2003 Server Reload with NTBackup restore problem

Posted on 2010-09-02
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In the process of running a CHKDSK /R the server suffered major problems.  Over 1/2 of the needed services fail on reboot and the problem seems too difficult to resolve the part that became corrupted.

Problem is restoring using a fully system state backup using NTBackup.  I have the data backed up using Symantec Backup Exec.  It is crazy that this happended when installing Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 and was forced to run the CHKSDK.  I have tested the drives and again ram a CHKDSK to find no dirrect problem with the drive.

I have broken the mirror to preserve a backup easily on the system.  I tried to restore in Windows when booted, but the application NTBackup did not open mostly because of the of the failed services.  

I believe that the next step is to reload the server from scrtach.  Then use the NTBackup to restore the state.  Then comes the data.  I do not know about the detail or if this is correct.

I am going crazy because the office is down right now.

Thank you

I am not sure on the process order.
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by:boxerenterprises
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1. Reload the server and be sure to use the same drive letters for any partitians that we previously setup
2. Restore the C: drive and all other data
3. Restore the system state
4. Restore exchange

Nigel
www.boxer-enterprises.co.uk
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by:Pivnardo
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The recommended process above did work. Given this is an SBS domain controller, is there anything else special that needs to be done?

After I restore the system state the server boots for a few seconds with the Windows Server 2003 screen and then restarts.

I have tried to image the system along the way to try different tacts. So far I have tried the above. Also tried Windows updates and basic config of the server before the system state restore.

In all trials I have excluded the Exchange data to be restored.  

I am still getting the same result of the system restarting in the first phase of booting.
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The reboots will be because the registry is trying to access vital files which don't exist or are in the wrong place.

Check the following:
1. All drive letters must be the same as they were before the crash
2. SBS including exchange must be loaded with the same service pack they had before the crash (you need to apply these patches before restoring the system state)
3. You must restore the C: drive data
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by:Pivnardo
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I believe my problem was the C drive restore was not complete.  Thus, the restore failed.
I ultimatly resolved by reloading the server and using the backup for peice wise restoring.  Your process is correct though.
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