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  • Question

  • I have a server I am backing up and then we are moving to another location.  I am not sure of the best way to do this.  I am testing on another box but it is not the same hardware as the Dell Server I use for SBS 2011.  We use Exchange on the SBS 2011.  I am new to IT admin.   

    1) Can bare metal restore restore to any box?  How?

    2)  If I restore files and folders, which ones do I restore?

    3)  Any sites for new IT admins?

    Thank You! 

    Wednesday, June 12, 2013 6:08 PM

Answers

  • Hi:

    Can you not move the entire SBS server and all the stations?  Backups are a good idea under any circumstances, but restores are only guaranteed if you have identical or _very_ similar hardware.  Server 2008 is better at this than Server 2003 was, but still you need to test your restore before the time is critical.

    Regarding restoring SBS 2011 you simply boot on the DVD and select restore from backup and navigate to the media, usually USB that contains your valid backup.

    As for learning, look at the top of this form for a reference to the SBS Build Wiki.  Read through that, then search the net for any SBS related topic that you are interested in.  Then come back with any questions you might have


    Larry Struckmeyer[SBS-MVP]

    • Proposed as answer by GreenlightTech Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:27 AM
    • Marked as answer by Andy Qi Tuesday, June 25, 2013 10:11 AM
    Thursday, June 13, 2013 1:51 AM
  • Bare Metal Restore procedure ( SBS 2008/ SBS 2011) along with the screenshots:

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2010/06/11/how-to-perform-a-bare-metal-restore-on-small-business-server-2008.aspx

    Supported/ Unsupported recovery scenarios:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/249694

    This will surely help you in understanding the same.

    Also I think you need to check with the backup drives that you are using. Since some drives fail while restore is performed. Idea is to give you a best drive to take back and then perform restore:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1780.external-backup-drives-compatibility-list.aspx

    I hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any more questions.


    Thanks & Regards, Naga Santosh EPS(SBS)

    • Proposed as answer by GreenlightTech Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:27 AM
    • Marked as answer by Andy Qi Tuesday, June 25, 2013 10:11 AM
    Thursday, June 13, 2013 6:17 AM

All replies

  • Hi:

    Can you not move the entire SBS server and all the stations?  Backups are a good idea under any circumstances, but restores are only guaranteed if you have identical or _very_ similar hardware.  Server 2008 is better at this than Server 2003 was, but still you need to test your restore before the time is critical.

    Regarding restoring SBS 2011 you simply boot on the DVD and select restore from backup and navigate to the media, usually USB that contains your valid backup.

    As for learning, look at the top of this form for a reference to the SBS Build Wiki.  Read through that, then search the net for any SBS related topic that you are interested in.  Then come back with any questions you might have


    Larry Struckmeyer[SBS-MVP]

    • Proposed as answer by GreenlightTech Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:27 AM
    • Marked as answer by Andy Qi Tuesday, June 25, 2013 10:11 AM
    Thursday, June 13, 2013 1:51 AM
  • Bare Metal Restore procedure ( SBS 2008/ SBS 2011) along with the screenshots:

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2010/06/11/how-to-perform-a-bare-metal-restore-on-small-business-server-2008.aspx

    Supported/ Unsupported recovery scenarios:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/249694

    This will surely help you in understanding the same.

    Also I think you need to check with the backup drives that you are using. Since some drives fail while restore is performed. Idea is to give you a best drive to take back and then perform restore:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/1780.external-backup-drives-compatibility-list.aspx

    I hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any more questions.


    Thanks & Regards, Naga Santosh EPS(SBS)

    • Proposed as answer by GreenlightTech Thursday, June 13, 2013 11:27 AM
    • Marked as answer by Andy Qi Tuesday, June 25, 2013 10:11 AM
    Thursday, June 13, 2013 6:17 AM