Ascribe directory 2003 restoration

Posted on 2012-08-11
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Dear all,
I have taken backup for my dc by taking system state with ntbackup.
Now I want check this backup is working or not by restoring in some other pc. (test pc)
My question is, Is the test pc should be same source pc, if it should be same in which aspects it should be same. Like hardware, test pc name, patch level, and so on,
And when can I restore the backup, I mean after installation of OS, or do I need to run dcpromo also?
Question by:nivasnet
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    With 2003, you need the hardware to be the same (Motherboard and Disk/RAID controller at a minimum).  RAM and CPU can differ.

    Further, DO NOT restore to a system on the production network as you could create serious problems.

    If you wanted to restore to dissimilar hardware, you'd need a tool like utools' UMove or to do a full image backup with a program that supports restore to dissimilar hardware (which actually aren't recommended for domain controllers if you have more than one in a domain because that could cause serious problems as well).

    Ideally, your DC would be a VM and then the restore/test restore should be much easier if you  restore it to the same VM platform (VMWare/Hyper-V/etc).

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    Thanks, u addressed hardware issues, what about software, when it is possible, I mean after installation of OS.
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    To restore an NTBackup based backup, you need to reload the OS.  Computer name, etc. will be restored over that information, but you need an OS present to run NTBackup and perform the restore.

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    Just OS installation is Enough, what about patch level.....
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Think about it - you're restoring the system state with AD... it should restore all necessary files to bring you to the same patch and AD levels you were at.  Again (or perhaps for the first time, I'm not scrolling up to re-read my comments), you should always TEST and learn... reading and having people tell you is NOT the same as EXPERIENCE.

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