One of my clients has a single-server Windows 2008 R2 setup which is serving as the Domain Controller. The server got in a situation where it would constantly boot into "Preparing to configure windows", then recycle. All attempts to get it to boot failed, and in the end I had to reinstall the OS. When I attempted a System Recovery from our backup images, we found that all the backups had the same boot-time problem, so simply restoring the C drive from the backup was a no-go. I am hoping there is a way to just restore the Active Directory database from our backup, without having to restore the entire C drive.
Any help in this area would be useful.