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Restore windows server using nybackup on a test vm

Postby guest » Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:25 am

We have a production server running windows 2000 with sp4 on a physical machine. I have a good backup using ntbackup. Can I restore the production windows 2000 on a VM also running windows 2000 as a test server? If yes, how to do it?
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Re: Restore windows server using nybackup on a test vm

Postby guest » Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:25 am

We can easily restore files from NTbackup. Please refer below steps:





To restore files from backup


1.Click Start, click Run, type ntbackup, and then click OK.



2.The Backup Utility will appear. Click Restore Wizard, and then click Next.



3.On the What to Restore page, select the files and folders you want to restore, and then click Next.



4.On the Completing the Restore Wizard page, click Advanced.



5.On the Where to Restore page, in the Restore files to dropdown list, do one of the following:


◦Click Original location if you want the backed up files and folders to be restored to the folder or folders they were in when they were backed up.



◦Click Alternate location if you want the backed up files and folders to be restored to a location you designate. This option will preserve the folder structure of the backed up data; all folders and subfolders will appear in the alternate folder you designate.



◦Click Single folder if you want the backed up files and folders to be restored to a location you designate. This option will not preserve the folder structure of the backed up data; the files will appear only in the alternate folder you designate.



If you select Alternate location or Single folder, type a path for the folder under Alternate location, or click Browse to search for the folder. Click Next to continue.



6.On the How to Restore page, do one of the following:


◦Click Do not replace the file on my computer if you do not want the restore operation to copy over files that are already on your hard disk.



◦Click Replace the file on disk only if the file on disk is older if you want the restore operation to replace older files on your disk with newer files from your backup.



◦Click Always replace the file on my computer if you want the restore operation to replace files on your disk regardless of whether the backup files are newer or older.



Click Next to continue.



7.On the Advanced Restore Options page, you have the option to change any of the special restore options, such as restoring security settings, the Removable Storage database, and junction point data.


◦Click Restore security if you want to restore the security settings for the files and folders you are restoring. Security settings include access permissions, audit entries, and ownership. This option is available only if you have backed up data from an NTFS volume used in Windows 2000 and you are restoring it to an NTFS volume used in Windows 2000.



◦Click Restore Removable Storage database if you want to restore the Removable Storage database, which is located in systemroot\system32\ntmsdata. The Removable Storage database is automatically backed up whenever you back up your systemroot folder. If you do not use Removable Storage to manage media, you do not need to choose this option. This will erase the existing Removable Storage database in your systemroot folder.



◦Click Restore junction points, not the folders and file data they reference if you want to restore junction points on your hard disk as well as the data that the junction points point to. If you do not select this check box, the junction points will be restored but the data your junction points point to may not be accessible.


If you have used the linkd command to create junction points, and you want to restore the junction points and the data to which the junction points point, you must select this check box. Also, if you are restoring a mounted drive, and you want to restore the data that is on the mounted drive, you must select this check box. If you do not select this check box, you will only restore the folder containing the mounted drive.




8.Click Next to continue.



9.On the Completing the Restore Wizard page, verify the settings and click Finish.



More information for your reference:


https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/librar ... .aspx#ECAA
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Re: Restore windows server using nybackup on a test vm

Postby guest » Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:26 am

It doesn't work. I have tried a couple times. After restoring and restarting, the restored windows stays booting screen and never gets login screen. Is it possible to use ntbackup to restore the windows OS on different physical server or VM? I remember reading an article saying it must be the same hardware. Please confirm it.
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Re: Restore windows server using nybackup on a test vm

Postby guest » Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:27 am

To recover from backup, you can restore the Microsoft Windows operating system from a system state backup. You can restore a system state backup to the same physical computer from which the system state backup was created, or to a different physical computer that has the same make, model, and configuration (identical hardware).

However, we do not support restoring a system state backup from one computer to a second computer of a different make, model, or hardware configuration. We only provide commercially reasonable efforts to support this process. Even if the source and destination computers seem to be identical makes and models, the source computers may have different drivers, hardware, or firmware than the destination computers.

For these restore method, please refer to:


http://support2.microsoft.com/default.a ... 94#method3
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Re: Restore windows server using nybackup on a test vm

Postby guest » Wed Mar 04, 2015 9:29 am

This is what I did.

1. Install a new windows 2000 server as a test server on a physical machine.
2. Use ntbackup to restore the windows 2000 production server to the test server.
3. Then convert the test server from Windows 2000 to windows 2003.
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