Re-installing Windows Server 2012 Essentials - the best way?
Posted on 2016-10-19
A have a Server running Windows 2012 R2 Essentials. It has been likely struck with some software that has turned it into a Zombie as it is uploading vast amounts of data.
I have not been able to solve this issue and have therefore made the decision to re-install the Server. (See my other question for further details regarding this )
Can anyone please advise the best way to do this to avoid minimal re-configuration?
1. The Server has 4TB raid configuration with two partition - a 500GB partition for the OS and all programs. The rest of the data is on the other partition
2. The server is essentially a Domain controller and file server looking after 10 workstations. All the users are using folder redirection. Email is supplied by Exchange Online.
3. The backup is done onto external hard drive using the built-in backup of Windows essentials. I don’t want to use it to fully restore the server as the problem started after the last backup and I am worried it would bring the problem back.
My main concern is the user data and re-logging in of the user. If, for example, I re-install on the OS partition and leave the data partition as is and set folder redirection to point to the folder on this partition, will the user log in OK and pick up their data as before?
Any advice very much appreciated.