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DPM 2007 System State Recovery

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I have DPM 2007 on SBS 2008. I want to restore the system state on my DC because the IIS settings are completely messed up.
I ran the wizard and chose to a recovery folder on the DC, but now I'm not sure what to do with  the files. I've never had to do a recovery with DPM and cannot find any information beyond clicking "recover" at the end of the DPM wizard...which apparently does not restore the system state. It only exports the files to the selected folder.
Anyone care to educate me?
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I have not done this myself but i believe you use the server's built in backup and restore program to do this. You select restore, then system state, then point to the file that dpm placed in your computer.
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by:jskiba
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The built-in backup utility doesn't recognize the files from DPM. There is a folder from DPM called WindowsImageBackup. Contained in that folder are some catalog files and XML files. It looks like it's set up to restore from that folder using DPM...but DPM is installed on a different physical server.
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I just noticed that there is a VHD file. Now I wonder if I'm supposed to install this image from the Hyper-V. Regardless...I'm not sure how to do that either.
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VHD File? That is interesting, were you doing a system state backup or a bare metal backup? If it was system state it looks like there should be a .bkf file where you asked DPM to recover to that you can use to recover the system state
(I am going off this by the way: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb808900.aspx)

If you are restoring a bare metal restore file, then you would probably need to insert your server 2008 install CD and choose "restore my computer"

Here are some steps:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/dpm/archive/2010/05/12/performing-a-bare-metal-restore-with-dpm-2010.aspx
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Bare metal is DPM 2010...I'm using 2007 and I don't think i have the bare metal option. I haven't seen it on the menus anyway.
I didn't have a choice to use .bkf or .vhd - it was automatic.

The more I research this, the more I realize that a system state recovery is probably too much. I only wanted to restore the system settings without affecting files and data. I think I'm way off on this. I don't really have a catastrophic event on my hands...it's really just a gonfiguration nightmare and I was looking for an easy way to get the system back to an older config from 4 days ago.

I made the mistake of following some online advice for resolving some WSUS errors in the event viewer and ended up with binding conflicts...then I ended up uninstalling WSUS. Now I have to reinstall WSUS but don't really have the time to reconfigure everything.

Overall, it's starting to look like I'll spend more time trying to save time than it would take to do the reconfiguration.

Regardless, I would still like to know if there's something similar to "system restore" found on client machines.
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oops - I found bare metal on 2007...someone else set up this server so I was unaware of the options. This is probably the biggest part of my problem right now. If I was more familiar with the system, I would be able to work through it a little easier.
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One nore thing - all of my data including the Exchange storage groups is stored on a separate partition from the operating system. So I wonder if I should recover volume C rather than system state.
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First note, based on the fact that it created a "WindowsImageBackup" folder i would say you definitely have a bare metal restore backup there.

Second, is this DC also your exchange server? I am hesitant on accepting the "restore the c drive" option only because Domain Controllers tend to get cranky when they suddenly go back a few days. If you are planning on building one from scratch if you cant fix it then i would say that your best bet is to give the c drive restore a shot and if it doesnt work then you can still reconfigure it.
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Ok...I think you have it right. In fact, I think I'll forget about the recovery and just spend the next day or so reconfiguring my IIS sites. The more I consider recovery, the more it sounds like an impending disaster.
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