Catastrophic SBS 2008 Hard Drive Failed
Posted on 2014-11-18
A potential customer called me today with a catastrophic failure of the SBS 2008 OS due to hard drive corruption. Server will not boot except to a BSOD and cannot boot into Safe Mode. Then the customer tells me that they haven't had a solid backup since September. WOW...ok...
I talked the customer into paying for a Microsoft support incident and opened that case up with them. After trying to repair the disk and run a repair on the OS it is entirely possible that the server has no heartbeat left and Microsoft feels that it will not boot again. I can see the C drive and the data on the drives through a command list Dir.
I haven't had to deal with this type of scenario since Windows 2003 when I would tell this customer we will need to rebuild the server along with a new AD, email is gone....blah.blah.blah. I don't know yet if there is anything on the backup drive yet but I am checking. The first one I looked at had no data so my hopes are fading on this.
My question is this.....are there any new tools in Windows 2008 R2 that will allow me to recover AD/EXCH without a backup but access to the hard drive? I'm pretty certain the answer is no but wanted to check.