Windows Server 2003
To generate the asr.sif and asrpnp.sif files, I have run ntbackup in ASR backup mode then stopped in after a few seconds once its written the volume information to these files. I havent let the ASR wizard complete to create the final .bkf file.
I've then copied the x2 files from c:\windows\repair to keep them safe. Some I've had for several months - but the volume info never changes on our servers.
I have seen an error when restoring a server using ASR saying that the asr.sif and the asrpnp.sif files are not the correct files/version used for the .bkf file that I'm trying to restore from.
At the moment we backup a few servers using ntbackup to a network share - and I'm afraid that when it comes to restore, the method I've used to create the asr files (quickly starting the asr wizard then stopping it) wont work with the nightly .bkf files which we take everyday because I never allowed the ASR wizard to complete and make a complete .bkf file.
So is the procedure...
1. Run the ASR wizard (and let it finish to create the .bkf file)
2. Copy the ASR files and keep them safe
3. Schedule a daily job to create the .bkf file which we put to a network share
4. Hope that when we restore it works okay?
I dont have time to test this in a lab.