SBS 2011 - Restore Backup - Does 'Volume' Option Restore Everything?

Posted on 2014-07-11
Last Modified: 2014-07-12
Hi All,

I am working with a small business that has SBS 2011.

They have been running backups using the built-in "Backup and Server Storage" options on the SBS 2011 Console.

The backups go to an external USB drive, and appear to be fine.

We are attempting to do the restore.

When we go into the restore options, we can see the external USB drive, and it correctly lists the most recent backup that was done.

it then gives four options:

Files and Folders
System State

I am struggling to find out much info on what each does online.

Presumably, 'Files and Folders' would allow restore of individual files - we don't want just that.

I am guessing that 'Applications' will restore one (or more) apps that are not working without touching the underlying OS - Not what we want.

So, I am left with either 'Volumes' or 'System State'.

Would I be correct in thinking that 'Volumes' (specifically, this would be the C:\ Drive) would also bring along the 'System State'?  In other words, is 'Volumes' a superset of 'System State'?

I guess I wanted an option of 'Everything', but it doesn't give me that!

If I choose 'Volumes' I do get both 'System Reserved' and 'Local Disk C:\' listed as restorable volumes.  If I select either of those, the only destination volume that is listed is the network file storage volume (T:\ drive in this case) - I was expecting to see their equivalents listed there.  It doesn't seem to make any sense to restore the C:\ drive over the T:\ drive!  

If I choose to restore 'System State' I do get the option to restore to the 'Original Location' (with appropriate warnings I will overwrite stuff including AD - which is what we want to do).

So, was my guess wrong - is perhaps 'System State' a superset of restoring the C:\ volume?

Can anyone suggest a course of action?


Question by:Alan3285
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    Accepted Solution

    Volume is everything equivalent of a bare-metal recovery
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    Author Comment

    Hi David,

    Thanks for your reply.

    When I choose 'volume' there is no option to restore it 'over' the current C:\ drive - the only option that comes up is the T:\ drive which is the network file storage location for the users - all data, no system stuff in there at all.

    How do i get it to restore over, and replace, the existing C:\ drive?


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    Author Closing Comment

    Hi David,

    I realised just after posting my last, that of course I can't restore over the currently running system, but EE went down two minutes later, and I've only just managed to log back on :-(

    For anyone else that may follow - I needed to boot from the DVD and do a 'repair', then choose the most recent backup from the external media, and it all worked fine.



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