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We are looking at the configuration of an application server. We are looking at what the backup admin is actually backing up on the server. Essentially the server has 2 main drives, the system drive (C), and the data drive (E). By looking at the backup selections in BackupExec, they are doing a system state backup of the C drive, and backing up all data on the C drive.

I am not from a backup role, but can you give a low tech management friendly breakdown of what is included in a “system state” backup of a windows 2008 R2 server, and when would their be a case for backing up the whole system drive, i.e. in what circumstances would a system state backup not be enough (can you provide some examples).
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Hi,
in system state you will mainly find the registry, and Active Directory DB if the server is a Domain Controller.

System State Components include the following:
System File Protection catalog and files
Performance monitor configuration files
Active Directory
Quotas
SYSVOL (if this is a domain controller)
Certificate Services database (if this is a certificate server)
Cluster database (if this server is part of a cluster)
Registry
COM+ database

You may want to backup all C drive if you think you might need to restore other files than the one included in system state (a .dll, a system .exe, a driver, etc...)
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