Steps to restore System State & Active Directory
Follow the steps outlined below to restore System State/Active Directory:
Step 1: Is it the same machine, with a new hard drive? If yes, proceed to Step 2, if not proceed to Step 8.
Step 2: Make sure the Operating System and other software (third party software) are installed as per the last system build (i.e. as per the day before system crash). Installing all the third party software or at least most of them will ensure proper operations after the System State restore.
Make sure Active directory is installed and configured with same 'Domain Name' as before.
Step 3: Install the RBackup Endpoint software (in Application mode) and make sure it’s the same version as before system crash. That is, if the old machine had version 11.11 try to install the same version instead of latest version. Installing the same version will make sure the registry settings do not change after the System State restore.
If you don’t have the previous version, you can still install the latest version (Follow procedure in Step 7).
Step 4: Start the RBackup Endpoint and select Disaster recovery. Provide the latest key file or type in the Key details. (Make sure you use the latest key file information). Once the Distaster Recovery is complete, restart the client application.
Step 5: (System State Restore) From RBackup restore interface, restore the most recent version of System State (Preferably the last backup). System State can ONLY be restored to original location. On successful restore, reboot the machine.
Step 6: (Login to Directory Services Restore Mode) Reboot the machine and login to Directory Services Restore Mode (DSRM): To reboot into DSRM mode, reboot your PC, and press [F8] during the startup sequence. You'll see the following options: -
Step 7 (Active Directory Restore): If you have installed the latest version of the Endpoint to restore System State, then the RBackup Endpoint should have restored all the old registry settings, which includes the previous version of RBackup Endpoint’s registry settings (as in the original machine). Therefore the newer version of the Endpoint may sometimes fail to open with error messages (like 'Active X' errors, 'Automation' errors or 'Block variable not set' errors).
Close the Endpoint application (also from system tray) and take a backup of the "backup.mdb" file. This file resides under the application folder (usually, C:\Program Files\Remote Backup). After making a copy of the backup.mdb file, uninstall the Endpoint application. Reinstall the latest version again. When prompted for New Registration or Disaster Recovery, close the Endpoint application and copy back the backup.mdb that you saved earlier into the application folder. Restart the Endpoint application.
From the RBackup Restore interface, restore the most recent version of Active Directory (preferably from the last backup). Active Directory can ONLY be restored to the original location. On successful restore you will get a message saying “Reboot machine in normal mode”. Reboot the machine in Normal mode and check the Active Directory settings.
Step 8: Active Directory restore to a different machine - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/263532 (How to perform a disaster recovery restoration of Active Directory on a computer with a different hardware configuration).