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Earlier today, I tried to restore my Windows Server 2008 R2 server from a Windows Server backup file. The process it followed (which I had used in the past on Server 2003) was

  1. Do quick load of OS from CD
  2. Restore backup from external drive.

When I went to restore, I didn't see an option to restore entire system. I had to choose volumes, applications, system state etc. I chose system state and the restore completed; however the server bluescreened when it came back up.

My question is, when doing a restore in the way that I described above, do I need to first restore the C drive, then restore the system state?

Any help or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

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    Are you simply asking HOW to restore a 2008 server using the built in Windows backup? Technet covers that: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/… – TheCleaner Mar 6 '14 at 17:08
  • Yes I am since the way I originally tried failed. I was able to restore the server using another method; i.e. Boot from CD and do a repair. Just not sure which is the best method. Thanks for your help. – David Harris Mar 6 '14 at 17:15
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Per your comment, I'm making this my answer. There isn't a "best" way...so much as there is a preferred method depending on what you are wanting to recover and the scope of the recovery.

Because it appears you are using the built in Windows Backup utility:

You can learn about the various methods to restore your 2008 server here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/494ff831-ddb7-4c50-aa3d-19c8deb84efb

Specifically, if you are wanting a full system restore, you can find that info here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc755163

Bear in mind that when dealing with a domain controller, it is different and you'll need to read the first link and subsequent links about AD/DC restores to fully grasp their implications.

  • Thank you so much for the posts. I really appreciate it. – David Harris Mar 6 '14 at 20:28

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