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SBS 2003 restore from only Systemstate Backup

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Hello,

I am restoring a SBS 2003 server for which I have the following:

- ONLY systemstate and Exchange backup
- old hard drive with system files, program files, data (all accessible)

Is it possible to restore only systemstate after the 1st CD installation and then somehow merge the old programfiles with the new install and restore the server this way?

In a nutshell, am I able to restore SBS 2003 with only a systemstate backup and a copy of its program files and system directories from its old hard drive?

Thanks!

P.S. Just to add that I am restoring on the same hardware, only hard drives are new and are bigger in size than old ones.
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No I am afraid not. You will need to rebuild the SBS, copy over your data files, recreate all users, disjoin PC's from the domain and re-joined, and then you can restore your Exchange backup to a recovery storage group, and using exmerge recover the mailboxes, and then import the mailbox data.

Programs, active directory, DNS, and more can only be restored, they cannot be copied from another drive.
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Thanks, how about if we install SBS 2003 fresh and restore systemstate. Will this give us a working active directory?
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Good question. I don't think so. With server std that would restore AD but may or may not work properly.
However with SBS to restore you need to install SBS and all service packs (same as previous server) then restore from back up media. Just installing the first CD and then system state would require completing SBS install afterward which would then destroy the existing AD....as I understand it.
It is a licensing violation not to install complete SBS and the server may go into it's infamous "time bomb" mode after 7 days if you don't.
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sorry I forgot to clarify. We want to install a fresh working sbs 2003, go through the wizard and set up a temporary AD. Then restore systemstate
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To be honest I don't know how far that will get you with SBS. Perhaps others have tried.
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restoring to a RSG wasnt so easy. Had to use third party tools to do that
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