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We have a Citrix snapshot image from 1/27.  The snapshot was taken from a VM that is in a SAN that is having issues.  This image is a complete snapshot of the SharePoint server.  It's also a domain controller.  Couldn't open the snapshot on different hardware, restore a current system state, and then mount the current SQL DBs?  We plan on dismounting the production SQL DBs and copying the DATA and LOG files to the new image.  Would this work?  The web folders shouldn't be changing.. I figured only the SQL DBs would be.
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I'm 95% sure this isn't a Microsoft supported restoration process, and would likely leave your farm in an unsupported state (even if it comes back up).

Is SQL a separate machine?  If so, just stand up a new SharePoint server, join to the existing farm, then move all services over to the new machine.  You can then remove the problem server from the farm and decommission.
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No.  SQL is the same machine.  I'm not sure what the admin ended up going but he used my SQL db backups instead of the Sharepoint sciprts for those didn't run the full correctly due to the SAN issues.  Since the full failed the diffs afterwards where no good.  Luckily we had SQL backups. With Sharepoint 2010 the SQL DBs can't be backed many of the times due to the long file names.. So, the SharePoint script is your only option it seems.. Luckily this was 2007.
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We ended up spinning up a mirror of the VM and copying it over.
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