I am currently creating Disaster Recovery documentation and testing all different backup procedures and scenarios for ourselves and our clients.
I have a couple of questions relating to recovering Active Directory from a System State Backup.
I have successfully recovered Active Directory using System State for both Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 by:
1) Restoring an image of the server, followed by
2) Restoring the system state using Microsft's instructions on the Internet
My question is, if we don't have an image backup of the server and we need to do a fresh install of Windows before recovering the system state, does it matter that the installation is not exactly the same?
Say the system state backup is for Windows 2003 R2 SP2...
Does it matter if we recover this system state to a fresh install of Windows 2003 R2 SP1 ? instead of SP2?
Or another example:
Say the system state backup is for Windows 2003 SP1
Does it matter if we recover this system state to a fresh install of Windows 2003 R2 SP2?
Similar question for Windows 2008.