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SBS2011 - My ComputerHi,
 
 I have a SBS2011 server that has three partitions (on 1.8TB in Disk space on RAID 10) and have been doing Windows Server Backup. I decided to test "Restore", so I set up a computer with a 4TB HD (RAID 0) on the same RAID controller.
 When restore was completed, I only saw C drive and F drive. I ran Compmgmt.msc and saw about 1.5GB of partition not defined. So I created a volume and it assigned E drive.
 I ran Windows Server Backup from Restored SBS2011 and restored all the data files into E drive successfully. Next I wanted to check to see if the active directory information is there, When I ran SBS console and clicked the User tab and I get an error - "The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted". When I click that message away, then I get another one - "Server not operational".
When I clicked the GROUP tab, I can see all the groups that I have created.
When I checked Printers folder, I see all the printers that I have created.
By the way I did NOT connect this test/restored server to the network as I was afraid of "conflict" with current production server.

 I am curious (1) why the restore program failed to restore E drive during first restore attempt. (2) Why user names are not accessible while group names are there.
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What do you mean you restored to a RAID 0 on the same RAID controller?

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On production server, I have six 600GB SAS HDs on RAID 10 using LSI MegaRaid Controller. So effective space is about 1.8TB.
The test Server that I am using to restore, I have ONE 4TB SATA HD on the same LSI MegaRiad Controller. Therefore the hard drive is on Raid 0.
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You will need to provide a similar setup to what is already there (two disk RAID 1 minimum).

I've not found Windows Server Backup to be too dissimilar hardware restore friendly even if restoring virtual to virtual.

We use a third party product for our client's backup needs.

Philip
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Any comment on why I can't access user accounts?
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The OS doesn't care if it's raid10 or RAID-0 as long as the resultant virtual disk is big enough
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Backup LocationRestore ErrorSBS Console - User TabSBS Console - Group Tab SBS Console - Computers TabSorry for the late reply.
Since I could not open Users folder in SBS Console, I decided to restore "System State", but I get an error.
The strange thing is that Computers tab and Devices tab .. other tabs are ok except Users tab where it lists all user accounts on the domain.
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Is it better if I install SBS2011 from the scratch using SBS2011 DVD and create the same domain name, create the same size partition(s) and then restore from the backup?
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Backup can be restored from scratch. You need a similar setup on the physical server.

Restoring Windows Server Backups to dissimilar hardware is not easy.

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