SBS 2003 recovery from NTBackup to new RAID volume and partition following Blue Screen
Posted on 2011-03-22
I had a blue screen event on my SBS 2003 R2 server. When the server reboots it is highly unstable and a lot of services won't start (e.g. ISA, Exchange, SQL).
I have full C partition (OS location), system state, Exchange MDBDATA and SQL backup conducted by NTBackup for the days before the blue screen.
The C partition is on a RAID5 volume (CVOL) which has a SMART error and bad stripes. This is what I have done.
1) I have created a new RAID5 volume (DVOL) of the same size as CVOL on new disks.
2) I booted the server in safe mode and, using server management console, created a new D partition on the DVOL volume. I formatted it.
3) I have rebooted the server in DSRM safe mode and used NTBackup to recover the C partition to the new D partition, and system state from the NTBackup from two days before the blue screen.
4) I rebooted the server, entered the RAID array control utility (Ctrl-A as it's an Adaptec array) and promoted DVOL ahead of CVOL in the boot order, restarting the server when the change was accepted.
Problem. The server doesn't boot into SBS 2003 R2. I just get a blinking cursor. F8 to select the boot options such as safe mode doesn't work. I have to power down and reverse point (4) to get an OS load.
Question 1. What am I doing wrong?
Question 2. How do I create a complete restore of the OS partition and system state but to a new Volume so that I can avoid the SMART error and bad stripes that plague the original Volume?
Question 3. Is there anything specific I need to do so that I can eventually recover Exchange and all my SQL data bases?