I wanted to do a one-time full server backup of the Domain Controller. However, there was almost 1 TB of data to backup. So I am just doing a System State backup instead, which is less than 5 GB.

At our company we use domain logins. Is backing up the system state of the DC enough to ensure that all the user accounts are safe?

Will I be able to recover Active Directory with all the same users, groups, privileges, ect...?

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    To answer your question; Yes. My question is why do you have 1TB of data on your DC and how are you backing up that data? – joeqwerty Apr 27 '16 at 11:22
  • I don't know why. I am a little new to the field. I suspect it is because our company's shared drive is integrated with the DC. The DC lists the shared drive as one of its servers. – Lumo5 May 1 '16 at 6:56

The system state backup (when done on a Domain Controller) includes AD schema/data. See here for more details.

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