How to Restore a Full Computer Backup Set


Topic Last Modified: 2005-05-12

This topic explains how to restore a full computer backup set.

  1. On the computer for which you want to restore your full computer backup set, start your Windows Server 2003 operating system.

  2. Start Backup in Advanced Mode.

    For detailed information, see the following procedures:

  3. Click the Restore and Manage Media tab, and then in the console tree, click the backup media that you want to restore. If the correct media does not appear under File, you might have to rebuild the catalog. For more information about how to rebuild the catalog, see "Rebuilding a Catalog for a Restore" in Using Backup to Restore Your Data.

  4. Select the check boxes next to the drives that you want to restore, and then click System State. Always include the System State data when you restore the drive partitions of your full computer backup set.

    Restoring a full computer backup set

    When you create full computer backup sets, do not back up the IFS drive, Exchange database files, Exchange log files, and cluster shared disk resources. If the full computer backup set that you are restoring includes the Exchange IFS drive or the drives or folders that contain the Exchange database files and transaction log files, do not select those drives or folders. If you restore those drives or folders, your log files might be out of sync, you might overwrite newer copies of the database with older ones, or you might add duplicate and unwanted items to the database. For more information about this issue, see Data to Exclude from Windows Backup Sets or Full Computer Backup Sets.
    To restore your Exchange databases, restore the Exchange database backup that you performed by using the Microsoft Exchange Server option in Backup. For information about how to restore Exchange databases, see Restoring Exchange Mailbox or Public Folder Stores.
  5. In the Restore files to list, select the location where you want the files to be restored. By default, the location specified is Original location.

  6. Click Start Restore. You will be notified that the current System State data will be overwritten unless you want to restore to a different location. To continue, click OK.

  7. In Confirm Restore, click Advanced to specify advanced restore options, or click OK to start the restore. For more information about the advanced restore options in Backup, see "Selecting the Advanced Options for a Restore" in Chapter 1.

  8. If Backup prompts you for the location of the backup file to use in the restore, select the correct backup file, and then click OK.

  9. After the restore is completed, make sure that it was successful. For more information about how to check the success of a restore, see Checking the Success of a Completed Backup.

  10. After you verify that the full computer backup set is successfully restored, in the Restore Progress dialog box, click Close. You are then prompted to restart your computer to complete the restore. Click Yes to restart.

For more information about restoring full computer backup sets, see Restoring Full Computer Backup Sets.