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Sharepoint WSS 3.0 backup restore to new server clarification

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The question is simple enough, and I have performed a restore before but only to the "same" server.
For the sake of simplicity lets assume the only thing running on this server is server 2k3 SP2, IIS 6.0 with one SSL key and WSS 3.0.

My issue is that I need to rebuild my current server, starting with a reinstallation of Windows (suggested by MS). After I backup all vital information and wipe and reinstall if I setup the new install of windows and join it to the domain with the same name and IP, is all that I need to do is to enable WSS 3.0 and then restore? Does this also restore all IIS sites related to WSS? How do I backup IIS and the installed SSL key? Will this (if this is the correct way) also allow me to use the same SSL key upon recovery of either WSS or IIS?  

In short I need to reinstall windows and only restore WSS and all related services/apps. The less I have to restore the better as MS states that there is something "really seriously wrong" with the OS for to be causing the issues I am experiencing.
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I suggest you buy the book SharePoint 2007 Disaster Recovery Guide, has all the info you need.

A full farm Restore (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262928(office.12).aspx) through Central Admin will restore your IIS sites, but it won't necessisarily restore extra host headers in IIS or SSL certificates or any web.config customizations.  This would have to be done by an IIS Metabase restore.  You can also backup SSL certs through IIS or Certificate Manager (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/WindowsServer2003/Library/IIS/2cfeeba2-511f-47e8-913c-f196b74e6a44.mspx?mfr=true)

Full farm restore will not restore any custom features/solutions you've deployed in your farm.  

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Thank you for the information, I will re read through those sites.

Anyone else have hands on experience with this particular issue?
Thanks
Richard
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Other then backing up other server essential information I used
stsadm -o backup -url http://sitename -filename e:\Backup.dat -backupmethod Full  -overwrite

Reinstalled windows, installed WSS 3.0 and all required services added my SSL key and ran the following.

stsadm.exe -o restore -url http://serverName/ -filename e:\backup.dat -overwrite
Sharepoint and all the site content is now running fine on the new server.

I was unable to find a successful way of backing up everything I needed in one backup (since my Windows OS was corrupted I was unable to restore from system backup).
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The information I gave you is valid.  You didn't state you were looking for a product to do it all in one shot.  In that case I could have simple answered Data Protection Manager, or AvePoint DocAve.

You asked if all your IIS sites would be restored, which I answered.  You asked if/how to restore host headers and SSL, which I answered.  Points should be awarded in full to comment 33620337
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thx
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