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Windws SBS restore from backup - why only the most recent image avail?

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Hi,

I'm stumped by a restore process from backup.

Using the built-in server backup in SBS 2011 (also happens in WHS 2011), I've made several system image backups. For example, I'll backup on 1/1/2014, 1/2/2014, 1/3/2014.

But when I try to restore from these backups, I only see the most recent version of the system image backup (the one taken 1/3/2014), and not the other previous versions.

Here is my protocol:

1. I'll start the machine with the SBS 2011 (or WHS 2011) Install Disk.
2. I'll choose the second option (Repair, etc.)
3. The computer finds the backup image on the external HD, but again, it'll only list the most recent backup, and none of the earlier backup points.

What am I doing wrong?

Thanks in advance.
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Tomislavj earned 500 total points
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are you doing this steps:

1. boot to recovery console
2. choose 'System image recovery'
3. choose  'Select system image'
4. choose most recent image, then 'next'
5. now there should be a list of all available backups
6. choose date and time for restore
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by:Go-Bruins
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Thanks for the response. I've been booting up from the SBS 2011 install disc. But it doesn't look like I can get to the "Recovery Console" that way.

Do I get to the Recovery Console by hitting the F8 key - just like regular windows?

Thanks for your patience.
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by:Go-Bruins
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Ok - I think I have it figured out.

I only saw the most recent version of the backup. I didn't realize that I needed to choose it and click-through, at which point it offers subsets of the backup.

Thanks.
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by:Tomislavj
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click repair your Computer and choose "use recovery tools..." (first option) and then after 'next' there is 'System image recovery'
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by:Tomislavj
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yes, that is confusing step to choose most recent backup and then appears all available. i'm glad you sorted out.
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Yes, I'm not sure why the Recovery Console doesn't just list all the most recent backups. It seems to me that there would be less confusion.

Oh well - thanks for your help.
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