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System State Restore Problem

By rappodaking ·
Ok so here is a quick rundown.

We have restored the entire C: (System) and (Data) drive from one server to another using CA ARCserve. The server we are restoring to is a HP DL380 G3, the backup was taken froma DL380 G4. This iserver is a Windows 2003 DC.

This restore goes off without a hitch. We then do a restore of the System State using NT Backup. After the reeboot the server comes back online very slowly. When we try to log in the server freezes up. We have tried in safe mode but the same things happends. We can ping the server while this happends and we can not use TS to connect to it. This has happened twice now and we are not sure why this is happening and can not even get a look at the event log due to the fact we cant log in (have also tried viewing the event log from another PC with no luck).

I will award the points to anyone who an even give me a push in the right direction!

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by santoshthorvatkar In reply to System State Restore Prob ...


I have gone through ur prob

As ur trying to restore a DC to a system,
u should prepare that system with the same name and should be converted to the DC of the same name

keep the system state backup ready
press F8 while windows boots and select directory service Restore Mode ==> Restore useing NTBACKUP to original position, RESTART and wait while windows boots (it takes few minutes rather)
and ur done.

Hope will help u



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by rappodaking In reply to

Thanks for the reply mate but what you have suggested is what I have already tried =(

Thank you for your time though.

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system state restore, 2003 active directory

by FaisalKohgadai In reply to System State Restore Prob ...

Are there more than 1 domain controller in your domain? When you say restore, do you mean a system state restore??

When I did a system restore on our domain controller (SBS 2003), Active Directory users and computers list was empty until I reset the password on the other domain controller back to what the password was at the time of the system state backup. This allowed both domain controllers to talk to one another and perform replication.

..hope this helps,
Faisal K

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