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Had a failure last night on a Proliant ML115, lost two of three drives in a raid 5 array,

Doing the rebuild now, We have a good backup so restoring the data will be no problem, however wondering if I can restore the AD and overall system state from backup easily on a rebuilt server.  This is the only server, and consequently the only domain controller in the environment.

Advice to speed up the recovery of AD from sys state backup would be greatly appreciated.  Do I need to do a DC Promo first?   Will the system state also restore network shares and permissions?  Not sure exactly what hte system state does contain or will do for me in a restore.

OS is Server 2008 SBS 64Bit.

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Windows Server 2008 - Authoritative Restore

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc779573%28WS.10%29.aspx
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See the following link for a good overview on your options:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727048.aspx.  If you have a complete backup of the server, that is what I would recommend restoring.  There are many more steps if you just want to restore the system state.  This would save you time from a restore standpoint, but you would lose it by having to rebuild the server manually. Probably a wash after all is said and done.
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I dont have a backup of the os unfortunately, just the data and system state.

the doc you posted was from win2k.  do the same rules still apply?  

I will re-install 2008 SBS, the server simply provided DHCP, AD, DNS, and file and print sharing.

To restore the system state, do I first need to setup the domain or will the restore do all that for me?
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Free Backup Tool for VMware and Hyper-V

Restore full virtual machine or individual guest files from 19 common file systems directly from the backup file. Schedule VM backups with PowerShell scripts. Set desired time, lean back and let the script to notify you via email upon completion.  

 
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Unfortunately none of the suggestions directly addressed my issue, however they did provide some helpful insight for other items.  In the end i had to rebuild the server and rebuild the AD from scratch.  Thanks anyhow.
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