Background: Original server crashed, configured another server exactly as last one. Created Web Site, App port, same passwords etc of backed up farm.
Prob #1 The restore has 2 errors. Sharedservices1 cannot be restored, already exists. There is a duplicate sharedservices1 issue. I have tried creating a new ssp2 transferring connections to it, making it default, then deleting ssp1. Recreating without the website I want to recover attached. I am not sure if this was the correct procedure because then I have the next problem.
Prob#1 I was finally able to run a farm restore that returned 0 warnings, 0 errors. But when I went to open the site there were no documents, content, structure. Just a default web site. The point of the restore was to recover the content.
Do not have a SQL backup, am untrained and did not know of it, nor Sharepoint Design. If I ever get it back I know alot more today than I did 3 days ago.
Have only the spbackup from the Central Admin. Have tried using the stsadm -o -restore -directory c:\backup -restoremethod overwrite command. Of course, this is a crisis now. Have worked for 3 days on issue, and read thousands of suggestions. Need simple solution, hope it is out there. Thanks