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How do I determine which service packs were installled from a NTBACKUP file?

Our RAID crashed, and I had to install a new disk. The disk crashed, and I accidentially re-initialized the whole raid, thinking just the bad disk was going to be initialized.

We backed up the server a couple days ago using WINDOWS backup, and need to know which service pack was installed, so we can do a restore.

I'm able to install windows 2003 SBS.

Also, please provide links or resources that describe how to restore the domain, exchange, users, and shares using NTBACKUP.

SERVER:
DELL POWEREDGE 800
Windows SBS 2003 SP?
3 DISK RAID-5
1 DOMAIN
10 Clients
Sharepoint
Active Directory
Shares

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Do I have to create the domain / user before I restore?
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SBS 2003 latest SP is SP2 so if you server was up to date then them it had to have SP2 on it. I don't know of anyway to "query" the backup file itself to determine what SP is has.
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Do I have to manually restoer the domain and users?

How do I restore the domain, users, websites, sharepoint, exchange?
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What type of backup did you do? If you did a full system backup and its a complete SBS2003backupo then the restore will put everything back, in essence "re-create" the drives and the software on them. However if you did an incremental backup or did not backup all the hard disk drives on which you had software installed then it will complicate the restore process.
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#1) Unplugged the ethernet cable on server NIC so clients will not be locked out of their accounts when they try to authenticate with the domain.
2) I had to reinstall windows SBS 2003 (Just DISC 1, not DISK 2,3, or 4) with RAID Drivers.
3) Install service packs (Only Windows SP1&SP2 - Not SBS SP1) up to what it was when backup occured. SP version info can be found on the backup file you are going to restore, C:\Windows\Drivers\ntfs.sys, and view file properties. It will say "version" XXXXX.XXXXX._SP1, or XXXXX.XXXXX._SP2.
4) Then recreate the domain with same restore mode password as backup, start=>run=>dcpromo.exe. According to my memory, it wasn't too hard setup the domain exactly the way it was.
5) Then reboot, hit F8, and boot into DCRM Domain Controller Restore Mode (domain controller only).
6) Start the Backup, and select Restore, Advanced Mode, Select: System-State, C:Drive (Except C:\boot.ini <=Uncheck), and I also selected the data drive D:\.
7) Reboot, and complete

EXCHANGE PROBLEM:
1) Manually go to workstation, and Backup existing client email mailbox to pst file.
2) 1) Manually go to workstation, close outlook, and delete client's exchange email <%userprofile%>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\outlook.ost file on XP workstations so it will re-sync.
3) Restart Outlook, and allow it to update exchange.
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