Restoring SBS 2008

Recently a client’s SBS 2008 server crashed! Never a good thing. For some reason we were unable to recover the System (C:) drive by regenerating the mirror. As a final resort I decided to recover the server from the backup. SBS 2008 has a somewhat different backup than previous versions and I had never had the misfortune, until now, to need to restore from one. As with any server restore, I was filled with apprehension. A failed restore can have a major impact on a client.

The restore process is actually pretty easy with SBS 2008. I did a little research first (do a Bing search on SBS 2008 Restore) so I had an idea of the process. The first main tricky thing was after booting from the SBS 2008 installation DVD to select to Repair the Computer, which is in the lower left of the screen, instead of selecting Install. Next I had to provide the RAID drivers on a USB flash drive. Once done, I had the option of wiping out the existing drives (reformatting) and whether to leave the data drive alone. I chose to restore both drives.

The actual restore took about 35 minutes for both the System and Data drives. A reboot was required and then it was back up and running. I was VERY impressed with the restore process of SBS 2008. It is so much better than in the old days.

Later I’ll blog how we were able to function while the server was out of service.

One thought on “Restoring SBS 2008”

  1. Larry,

    I”m researching a restore on our SBS2008 machine and have several questions.

    1. During the restore process did the system have any issue with recognizing the USB drive that contains the shadow copies?
    2. Can one do a restore to another server easily assuming the HD are setup the same way and size? Not only would I like to test the procedure first but may want to upgrade from old school SCSI RAID5 system to a happy SATA RAID1
    3. We actually have a bug nobody can find through normal means. it’s not doing much and is blocked by our firewall but it’s there. Trust me it cannot be found and/or removed. Will this mostly be restored too…or does the system install the OS files and simply restore the DHCP, DNS and Exchange data?

    Any comments would be appreciated

    shawnF
    carboncow@gmail.com

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