Disaster recovery of a local Windows 2000 or 2003 computer (includes non-authoritative restore of Active Directory for a domain controller)
Note: If the system is protected by Backup Exec (tm) for Windows Servers Intelligent Disaster Recovery (IDR), see "Backup Exec for Windows Servers - Intelligent Disaster Recovery Option" in the Backup Exec Administrator's Manual for information on automated disaster recovery. The procedure described in the following section is for a manual recovery of a computer not protected by IDR.
This procedure will restore the computer's operating system to its pre-disaster state and will restore all data files, except those protected by one of the Backup Exec database agents. If any of the data on the server is protected by Backup Exec database agents, read "Additional Backup Exec Options" in the Backup Exec Administrator's Manual before beginning disaster recovery.
A media drive must be attached to the computer that is being recovered. Also needed is:
- A current full backup of the computer to be recovered and any subsequent incremental/differential backups
- The Windows 2000 or 2003 installation media
- The Backup Exec for Windows Servers installation media
To recover a local Windows 2000 or 2003 computer:
1. Install Windows 2000 or 2003
- This basic Windows installation is necessary to provide Backup Exec with a target to which it can restore the system. The computer name, Windows directory, and the file system (NT File System) must be the same as the previous Windows installation. This installation will be overwritten by the backed up version, which will restore the original system configuration, application settings, and security settings.
- If the machine is being recovered from a hard disk failure, use Windows setup to partition and format the new disk during installation. Format the partitions with the same file system as before the failure
- Do not join a domain, leave the computer in a workgroup
- Do not install Active Directory.
- Change the Server Name to the Predisaster Server Name. This must be exact. If you are unsure, run gpresult /Z on any client to gather information about the domain.
- While changing the server name, click the more button, this is where you will set the FQDN Fully Quallified Domain Name for the DC without having to join the domain. This is important because the Backup Exec backups will always use a FQDN on a DC, thus a NETBIOS name will not work.
Inventory and catalog the tape only during these restore mode
2. Install Backup Exec for Windows Servers to a directory other than where it was originally installed (this is a temporary installation)
Note: Always log on to Windows using the Administrator account or its equivalent during this procedure.
3. Using the Device Driver Installation Wizard, install the appropriate device driver for the attached media drive (see "The Device Driver Installation Wizard" in the Backup Exec Administrator's Manual)
4. Restart the recovery Server in the restore mode in order to restore the System State
5. Start Backup Exec for Windows Servers
6. From the Devices tab, inventory the media containing the latest full backup of the computer to be recovered
7. Catalog the media containing the latest full backup of the computer to be recovered. If the subsequent differential/incremental backups are on separate media, catalog those also.
8. From the Restore Selections tab, select all sets from the full and incremental backups that contain logical drives on the hard disk. If differential backup sets are to be restored, select only the last differential set. Make sure to include the System State and Shadow Copy Components as part of the restore selections.
9. Click Restore on the toolbar
10. From the General Settings, select the following options:
- Restore all information for files and directories (11.x and above) or Restore security (10.x)
- Preserve tree
- Restore over existing files
11. Click Run Now to start the restore, unless the following condition exists:
If the computer being restored is the only domain controller in the domain or if the entire domain is being rebuilt and this is the first domain controller, then perform the following steps:
a. From the Advanced Settings, select Mark this server as the primary arbitrator for replication when restoring folders managed by the File Replication Service, or when restoring SYSVOL in System State.
b. Click Run Now to start the restore
c. Reboot the computer
The computer's operating system is now restored to its pre-disaster state. All data files have been restored, except those protected by Backup Exec database agents.