- Using the System State (using WSB) and System State (using Wbadmin) plug-ins is limited the SE Backup Client. To perform a System State recovery using the ESE Backup Client, see FAQ article 577.
- The following steps are for restoring Windows 2008 using local account authentication . If you use Active Directory, you will need to enter Directory Services Restore Mode to restore the System State. Please see FAQ article 414 if this is the case.
To perform the System State recovery:
1) Install Windows 2008 on your recovery machine.
2) Install Attix5 Pro SE Backup Client V6 or higher with the System State (using WSB) plug-in, or V5.1.4 and the System State (using Wbadmin) plug-in.
3) Reconnect to your Backup Account using Attix5 Pro.
4) Select the System State data to restore. This will appear in the root of a volume as "WindowsImageBackup".
5) Restore the data to its original location, or other volume root location (e.g. if it was originally on E:\WindowsImageBackup, restoring to D:\ is fine). Using compression and restoring directly to target are likely to speed up the restore process.
6) To restore from the Windows Image Backup, the Windows Backup features are required. In the Add Features Wizard, ensure that Windows PowerShell, Windows Server Backup and Command-line Tools are checked, and complete the process.
7) When the restore of the WindowsImageBackup folder is complete, navigate to the WindowsImageBackup\ComputerName\SystemStateBackup folder. Open the Restore.txt file. Note: On some versions of Windows, the "SystemStateBackup" folder is not used, and the backup can be found in WindowsImageBackup\ComputerName.
8) Restore.txt contains instructions to complete before the Windows Server Backup (WSB) service can run the System State restore. (Note: These instructions will differ depending on the version of WSB/Wbadmin plug-in being used.)
Example 1: The original filename of the "RenamedFolder". Rename the "RenamedFolder" back to its original name. In the screenshot below, the original folder name is "Backup 2010-03-16 173040".
Example 2: The VHD file from the original backup was split out to allow for de-duplication but must be recombined for WSB to operate. Run the combine.bat file and rename the folder as instructed.
9) Open a Command Prompt window, and switch to the drive containing the WindowsImageBackup folder (in this example, the E: drive). Copy and paste the "wbadmin start systemstaterecovery..." command as found in restore.txt, and press Enter.
10) Confirm that you wish to start the restore process by pressing Y.
11) System State restore may advise you that you are not restoring to the original machine. Press Y to continue.
12) The WBadmin System State restore process may take several moments. When it completes, it will advise you to restart. Restart the machine.
13) Log in to the machine as Administrator using the original credentials of the backed-up machine. If you are prompted to press Enter to continue the restore, do so.
14) System State restore has now completed.
At this point, if there are additional features that need to be restored (for example user directories) you should do so now. Trying to use features whilst files are absent may cause errors to be seen in the event logs, and may impact functionality. (See "Attix5 Pro Disaster Recovery Steps" for more information)
Reference details on Windows Server Backup System State Recovery can be found in this Technet article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753789.aspx.
Old Article ID: 152
Posted: 12 Apr, 2012 by Flood A.