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Windows Server Backup restore process

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What is the proper way to restore a server that has crashed using Windows Server Backup?  I have a new server and have tried to restore the backup form the old server to the new server, but I always get an error saying that there are no backup files in the location that I directed Windows Server backup to.  I have tried an external hard drive and a NAS drive (the device that the backups are being sent to from the old server).  Thank you for any help that you can provide.
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by:CHKwan
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If using Win 2008, the following step should be used to restore to a new server
http://www.wbadmin.info/articles/howto-bare-metal-restores-windows-server-2008-backup.html

Best regards,
CH
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by:shahzoor
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You will have to adopt a proper backup strategy to fight such issues
I personally dont rely on the windows built in backup due to lots of reasons
One main thing is the option you get in the other professional software are not there in windows built in backup system

Try acronis
Its and excellent tool to support you in all conditions. Universal Restore of Acronis helps you to restore image of one server to any workstation or server available with entirely different hardware specifications
Further you can browse and modify contents of the backup image
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by:Bosaloski
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Thank you for all of your comments.  I have tried the suggestion by CHKwan, but i cannot get it to wokr when the hard drives are set in any type of RAID configuration.  Therefore, I am at the setof installing the OS and then usingthe backup to restore the system state, data files, etc.  This is where it tells me that there are no bakcup files in the location that I specified, but i can browse to the backup files with no problems from Windows Explorer.  How can i get a system state restore to work?
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by:Tony Giangreco
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You never told us what hardware you have. I assume you have server hardware with a raid controller. If that's true, I'd check the manual on setting up a raid. If you cant do that, just install server 2008 again and then run a restore from the same backup.
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by:Tony Giangreco
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Have you made any progress?
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We were never able to get it to work using a RAID 10.
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