I have a client who, because of cash flow problems, decided to cancel their service and maintenance contract a few months ago, and have been trying to maintain it themselves.
Since then, they have had a hard drive crash, and have come crawling back.
It is a Win2k3 SBS server.
The main system drive has catastrophically failed.
They somehow deleted the image backup of the system, so that's toast.
They somehow deleted the system state backup. Bravo!
They have also lost their recovery discs I made them. Fail.
They have misplaced the base image of the server that was on an external hard drive (I think someone stole the external drive, but that is neither here nor there).
All I have are full backups, and I am not even sure if these are full / complete because the hard drive where all the backups was being saved to was completely full. ( am worried the backup saved the first 83 GB, then said: "Out of disk space!" but I'll never know because that is in the event log of the failed hard drive. Que sera sera.
I have 5 full backups: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. So, hopefully one of them will work.
Question: how do I restore from this .bkf file with the least amount of headache? I really don't want to have to re-install SBS only to create a restore disc, so I can restore from the backup.