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Restoring From SBS 2008 Backup To Server 2012

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I have an SBS 2008 Backup on an external USB drive.

Can I restore files from that backup to a Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual machine?  The SBS 2008 system is no longer available.
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by:WORKS2011
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what type of backup software? many offer the option to convert the image to a virtual directory.
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by:Cliff Galiher
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FILES?  Probably. Other non-file data? Like Exchange or Active Directory? No, cannot be done. If that is important data, you'll have to build up another server. Thus is the nature of disaster recovery planning.
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by:portdata
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I guess the question is whether the built-in Windows backup software included in Windows Server 2012 R2 can restore from an SBS 2008 backup disk.
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by:portdata
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I know I can build a virtual machine on my Hyper V server and restore the SBS server, but I would really like to avoid all of that just to recover a single folder.
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Cliff Galiher earned 500 total points
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Yes, WSB 2012 R2 can read backups all the way back to Server 2008. You can restore a single folder. But if you don't have AD intact, all of the ACLs on the files will be wrong. That isn't a limitation of the backup software, but is the nature of restoring files into a different domain/workgroup.
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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If you can browse the drive with the SBS backup, you should see a .vhd file which you can definitely just mount as a drive on your Server 2012.

http://www.howtogeek.com/51174/mount-and-unmount-a-vhd-file-in-windows-explorer-via-a-right-click/

Jeff
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by:portdata
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Cliff:

I opened the SBS backup in the Hyper V system backup app, pointed the restore to the external HD with the SBS backup, restored the folders I needed, fixed the ACLs, and saved myself a LOT of time migrating a web application from my "former" SBS server to my new IIS server.

Thanks for the advice - I never would have expected the SBS 2008 backup to be accessible in Server 2012.
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