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Server 2003 R2 Standard Crash and System State

I had a server crash and now that I have reloaded windows 2003 R2 standard (same as before), can I do a system state restore using NTbackup? I know there is some older software on the previous server that we will not be loading this time. I have 8 XP Pro workstions that need acccess to the server again using their current profiles. The server was a DC, DNS, and DHCP server. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Was this your only DC or did you have two?

Hi,

This is the process: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc736611%28WS.10%29.aspx

Is this your only domain controller? if so you want to choose authoritative restore.

If this is NOT your only domain controller choose non-authoritative restore.

Whatever you choose, boot the server into Directory Services Restore Mode.
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Yes this was my only DC. The concern I have is what if the two server configurations differ slightly, such as some software is not going to be reloaded since the crash, and I just loaded the most recent MS updates. The server prior to the crash may not have had all the latest updates at the time the system state backup was made. Will this cause an issue?
Another thing. Do I need to have this server already setup as a DC beofre the restore, or will the system state recovery do that?
To restore the System State data on a domain controller, you must first start your computer in a special startup option called Directory Services Restore Mode. This will allow you to restore the SYSVOL directory and Active Directory directory service database. To access Directory Services Restore Mode, press F8 during startup and select it from the list of startup options. Then follow the steps for an authoritative restore.

This document should be helpful:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc785849%28WS.10%29.aspx
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