How can I restore a fully crashed Active Directory system using the system state backup?

How can I restore a fully crashed Active Directory system using the system state backup?

  • Using Windows installation CD/DVD, install a basic windows installation.
  • If you have a server with special hardware like SCSI or RAID cards, at the first blue installation screen be ready press F6 to install this drivers (the option is available for only few seconds, so be prepared).
  • On the next “Welcome to Setup Screen” do not choose the “Repair” option, just hit enter to continue.
  • Press F8 to accept the End User License Agreement.
  • If you have replaced the hard disk, select the new disk, and create a new partition that has at least the same size as it used to be on the cashed system.
  • Select to install Windows on the new partition
  • Select formatting the new partition
  • After format completes, the windows installation begins, and windows will load, and then reboot.
  • Accept default settings for ‘Regional and Language Options”
  • Fill the “Name” and “Organization”, and product key.
  • Make sure you use the same? “computer name” as it use to be, otherwise, you will have to start all over.
  • Cancel the setup wizard that appears at the end f the installation.
  • Right click on “My Computer: and choose Manage.
  • Recreate all partitions, with the same drive letters, as that were present on the system you are trying to restore. Failing to do so will result in unsuccessful restore!
  • Install your Backup software and recover it settings form the backup disk.
  • Select the System State pack, a restore it to its original location.
  • Reboot the server, and hit F8 as soon as the BIOS screen appears.
  • Choose “Directory Services Restore Mode”
  • After windows starts > from the Start menu choose Run > NTBackup
  • Choose Restore and Manage Media
  • From the main menu Tools > Options > Restore Tab > set ” Always replace the files on my computer”
  • Select the appropriate system state file, the one you recovered using Relative Rev Backup, and hit “Start Restore“.
  • Acknowledge restoring the System State to its original location.?
  • On the Confirm Restore form hit Advanced, and check all four checkboxes.
  • Wait for the restore to complete
  • You may have to reboot
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