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By ZENYO ·
To a completely different setup...

I'm going to throw this in the network section because this falls under the duties of most network admins. (mods, please feel free to move if I mis-posted)

Ok, here we go. I am trying to put together a DRP (disaster Recovery Plan). The DRP will cover (in the event our office goes up in flames, or theft etc?) setting up a temporary windows 2000 server (DNS, DHCP, AD) on a P4 (custom built workstation) with SQL and our ERP System. Before I even consider SQL/ERP, I need to restore a backup of Active Directory from an IBM Xseries 345.

I have installed W2k Server on the P4 machine and Setup AD, DNS, DHCP. At this point, in preparation for restoring AD from the server, I uninstalled the Video Card and Network Card so that I don?t confuse the HAL from the restore. I also made a copy of the Boot.ini and Hal.dll files from the P4 so that I can replace the ones that will eventually be restored from the IBM.

My main hiccup for now - I have made a System State Backup from the IBM Server. When I attempt to restore to the P4, Windows Backup will not let me select ?Active directory? and ?Sys Vol?, It is forcing me to restore the whole system state which includes ?Com+ Calss Registration?, ?boot files? and ?Registry?. According to the MS disaster recovery documentation (and we all know how good M$ documentation is ), I should be able to select what I want to restore from the system state backup. Why can I not then?

Any ideas? Do I need restore the whole system state and then do some tweeking afterwards? Or are the two hardwares so different that I?m attempting the impossible?

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by mohaly In reply to Active Directory/SystemSt ...

The most difficult part of your scenario is to restore the system state of a server to another server with different hardware. It's always time consuming and not guaranteed to work.
Also you can not select part of the system state backup data to restore unless you are restoring to an alternate location.
Anyways, you can read this article from MS knowledge base: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;249694

My approach is to setup the (P4) server as a second domain controller in your domain, so you can put it on another site and periodically let it update from IBM server (your main site).

Hope this would help you;

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Great Idead

by ZENYO In reply to Second DC

"My approach is to setup the (P4) server as a second domain controller in your domain, so you can put it on another site and periodically let it update from IBM server (your main site)."

That's a really good idea!

I'm currently reading through that kb article and a few other white papers from Microsoft, it's just that sometimes they can be vague in their writing and leave important info out. I'm working through it though.

Anyway, I tried a couple of restores and its breaking the machine. Can?t really out what?s breaking either. It has to be either a registry or hardware thing.

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AD

by ppigeon In reply to Active Directory/SystemSt ...

Are you still ahving issues with AD? If so, email me at ppigeon@netpro.com

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