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Barracuda Backup

How can I perform a System State Restore from my Barracuda Backup Service onto a Windows 2003 server Domain Controller?

  • Type: Knowledgebase
  • Date changed: 5 years ago

Solution #00005638

Scope:
This solution applies to all Barracuda Backup Servers, firmware version 3.1 and higher.


This solution applies to restoring System State backups onto a Windows 2003 Domain Controller. If you are restoring onto a device running Windows 2008,  please reference solution #00005639.


Answer:

This document assumes that System State backups exist and Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM) password is available to the person restoring.

Restore Windows Server System State

Restoring a System State should only be performed in a disaster recovery situation. This is typically done if a server goes down and is not recoverable, or if the configuration is severely corrupted.


This procedure should only be started if you can meet the following requirements:

  • The Barracuda Backup Agent is installed on TARGET server.

  • Backups of File System, and System State from the SOURCE server exist.

  • Server hardware and operating system are configured like the SOURCE server that you wish to restore.

  • The TARGET server is on the network and can communicate directly with the Barracuda Backup Server (you cannot perform this restore procedure from the Cloud).

For Active Directory domain controllers:

  • The IP address is set to be the same as the original server that you are restoring (recommended).

  • Access to the Directory Services Restore Mode password.


Prepare a Target Windows 2003 Server

If restoring Windows 2008, please reference solution #00005639.


1.  Set up the Target server to be as identical as possible to the Source server that was backed up, including the same version, edition, and bits. For example, if the Source server was Windows 2003 R2 Enterprise on 32 bit, the Target server should be the same.


2. Power up the Target server (or reboot it if it’s running). As soon as the server turns on, hold down the F8 key until the Windows Advanced Options Menu appears:







3. Using the arrows on the keyboard, select the Directory Services Restore Mode and press Enter:








4. A new menu will appear, asking to select an operating system to boot. Typically there will be only one selection to choose from. Select the operating system and press Enter:







5. After a few moments, Windows will boot Directory Services Restore Mode. You should see "Safe Mode" on the corners of the screen:




6. When the logon prompt appears, press Ctrl-Alt-Delete to logon to Windows.
7. Type Administrator for the user name (or your administration account).

8. Type the password for this account and click OK.

9. A notice will appear letting you know Windows is running in Safe Mode. Click OK to continue:














10. Click Start then click Run.

11. Type services.msc and click OK.

12. You should see the Barracuda Backup Agent in the list of services and it should display Started.








13. If the service is not listed, it must be installed before continuing.















14. If the service is listed, but not started, click the Barracuda Backup Agent then click Start the service.


Restoring Both File System and System State

Perform this procedure if you are restoring an Active Directory domain controller to the Target server or wish to restore a complete copy of the Source server (even if it did not have Active Directory).


IMPORTANT: This procedure will restore the file system as well, so files will be overwritten with those from the restored job!


IMPORTANT: Restoring System State from a Source domain controller will also restore Active Directory as it was on that server. Check with your system administrator before restoring a domain controller that is from an old revision backup.


1. Open the Barracuda Backup web configuration page by going to http://backup.barracudanetworks.com.


2. Log on with your account name and password:















3. After logging on, click the Restore tab:






4. On the left pane of the Restore Browser, click the Windows server that represents the Source server you want to restore:






5. Click View all revisions up to: <date>

6. A list of revisions will appear.

7. Click Restore on the date that you wish to restore:







8. If the Target server is set up with the same IP address as the Source server you are restoring, select Original Location:






















9. If the Target server is at a different location, select the third option and type the IP address of the new location in the field provided:






10. Click Start Restoring.
11. A dialog box will appear letting you know the restore job has been started. Click OK.

12. To view the state of the restore job, click the Reports tab under the Restore section.








The new restore job will be listed. Depending on the size of the original server, the restore job could take a while to complete.


Restoring System State

Perform this procedure if you only want to restore System State to the Target server, without restoring the rest of the file system as it was on the Source server. This procedure will restore system files, such as those in the C:\Windows folder, since that is part of System State. Perform these steps if you are not performing full disaster recovery and want to keep the Target server's file system intact.


IMPORTANT: Restoring System State from a Source domain controller will also restore Active Directory as it was on that server. Check with your system administrator before restoring a domain controller that is from an old revision backup.


NOTE: Since this section does not restore file systems, following these steps will not restore replicated file systems or administration tools if the Source server was a domain controller. This means group policy objects and logon scripts will not be available on the Target unless they are already on that server or on another server on the network. To restore these, follow the complete restore procedure above (Restoring Both File System and System State) or restore them manually from another server on the network.


1. Open the Barracuda Backup web configuration page by going to http://backup.barracudanetworks.com.

2. Log on with your account name and password:
















3. After logging on, click the Restore tab:









4. On the left pane of the Restore Browser, click System State under the Source server you want to restore:










5. Click View all revisions up to: <date>
6. A list of revisions will appear.

7. Click Restore on the date that you wish to restore:







8. If the Target server is set up with the same IP as the original server you are restoring, select Original Location:





















9. If the Target server is at a different location, select the third option and type the IP address of the new location in the field provided:






10. Click Start Restoring.
11. A dialog box will appear letting you know the restore job has been started. Click OK.

12. To view the state of the restore job, click the Reports tab under the Restore section.








13. The new restore job will be listed. Depending on the size of the original server, the restore job could take a while to complete.

Post-Restore Tasks for Windows 2003

When the restore jobs for Windows 2003 are completed, perform the following steps:

  • Restart the server.

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