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Backup and Restore domain controller

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Due to some hardware errors on the SATA drive, I need to backup and restore AD as immediately as possible.

I tried imaging the drive but was unsuccessful due to bad clusters.

Can I run a systemestate backup and perform a FULL domain controller restore so i don't have to remove and rejoin all computers to freshly installed domain controller? and so i don't have to create all accounts and passwords from scratch?

I would appreciate some feedback and links on how to do this step by step.
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The biggest risk I see is that you won't know if the backup is healthy until a restore fails.... then it is too late.

If at all possible, I'd introduce a second DC while the first is online. Let it replicate. Transfer roles. Gracefully retire the first DC. Then if you want the original hardware to have a DC, (minus the failing drive), rinse and repeat to get a new DC back in the original location.
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I also suggest putting a second DC and keeping it up for good.
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Agreed. Take a System State backup anyway but use it as a last resort if you can't get a second DC to replicate.
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So this is a single drive DC?
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by:Anthony H.
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Unfortunately
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Thank you. This worked well
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