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Hi I need to restore sbs 2008 to new a new hard disk (s) - Raid1
I have multiple backups and the server is the same machine, same hardware, etc. just the hard disks have been replaced.

Are there any tricks to this restore?  i have looked at the restore guide from technet.
I have the appropriate raid controller drivers (apparently sbs2008 contains most of these though for dell perc 6/i controller) so shouldn't need them.

just wondering if there is anything else i need to take into account.
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by:Imtiaz Hasham
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It's a very easy to do it.

Install SBS using DVDs - go through restore from a disk and restore the backup - it's very straight forward and if you get stuck, just ping us a message.

Have done it umpteen times guv.
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by:rick81
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yeh ive tested the process.  boot off the cd > repair my computer and then restore from backup, etc, etc.

i have two raids.
c:\ raid 1 - contains O/S, apps, etc
d:\ raid 1 - contains exchange dbases, user data, etc.

the last backup i did i stopped exchange services and did a full backup.
i am hoping i can just restore the c:\ and leave the current d:\ intact.
then exchange will talk nicely to the dbases on d:\  
was concerned if i backed up while exchange running and then restored C:\ that the dbases would be from a different time from the c drive backup.  if that makes sense.
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was trying to avoid having to restore both c and d drive as there is ~400GB of data.  restoring from external usb hdd.
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by:Imtiaz Hasham
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If you restore just the C Drive, you would have a few problems with the exchange server.

Unless the exchange logs are on D Drive too.

Why are you restoring the server by the way?
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The logs are on D also.

Have the raid 1 currently running on 1 disc with a predicted failure. Tried to rebuild with another disc and it failed. Basically had 2 discs in predicted failed state. Dells recommendations after failed raid rebuild is to restore from backup to new discs, etc
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by:Imtiaz Hasham
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If I were you, I would restore the whole server (C & D Drive) to the new RAID controller.
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i just checked the exchange config.  storage logs are actually on C but the last modified time is when i stopped all the exchange services and ran the backup.  6:17pm.

so in essence exchange not running while i backed up the whole server.

i guess if the c:\ only restore doesn't work i can then restore the whole server c and d.

others i've spoken to have mentioned as long as exchange not running, restoring c should be ok.
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I would suggest not stopping Exchange services - Stop SMTP Service (Port 25) from your router and then run backup services.

When backing up the server, please do allow all services to run.

I restored a 750GB Server within 5 hours of downtime.

Do it over a weekend... :)

HTH
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i completed the restore yesterday.  restored c:\ only and left d:\ as is. at this stage all seems successful and exchange performing as per normal.
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That's great - just ensure you run checks on the database for your peace of mind - also run BPA to ensure your server is not showing any further errors.
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