Restoring Full Computer Backup Sets
Topic Last Modified: 2005-11-11
A full computer backup set includes a backup of System State data and most of the data on your hard disks. A full computer backup set must not include the Exchange Installable File System (IFS) drive and the drives or folders that contain your Exchange log files and database files. For detailed information about how to create full computer backup sets, see "Creating Full Computer Backup Sets."
Restoring a full computer backup set is the primary step in the "restore the server" recovery method. Restoring a full computer backup set to a computer allows you to recover a server running Exchange without having to reinstall applications, such as Exchange, which were running on the server.
Depending on the backup and restore utility or program that you use, the steps that you perform to restore your full computer backup set can vary. For example, if you use Backup to create your full computer backup sets, you use Backup to restore them. Similarly, if you use a disk-imaging software utility to create your full computer backup sets, you would use that same utility to restore those backup sets. For more information about how to create full computer backup sets with Backup, see "Creating Full Computer Backup Sets."
This section provides information about how to restore a full computer backup set by using the backup utility (Backup) in Windows Server 2003.
If you used the backup utility (Backup) in Windows Server 2003 to create a full computer backup set, you must also use Backup to restore that backup set. Because you must use Backup in this case, make sure that Windows Server 2003 is functioning sufficiently well after the disaster to allow you to start the operating system and run Backup. For detailed instructions, see How to Restore a Full Computer Backup Set.