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Create an Automated System Recovery set using Backup

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To create an Automated System Recovery set using Backup

  1. Open Backup.

    The Backup or Restore Wizard starts by default, unless it is disabled. You can use the Backup or Restore Wizard to create an Automated System Recovery (ASR) set by answering All information on this computer in the What do you want to backup? section. Otherwise, you can go to the next step to create an ASR set in Advanced Mode.

  2. Click the Advanced Mode link on the Backup or Restore Wizard.

  3. On the Tools menu, click ASR Wizard.

  4. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.


  • You will need a blank 1.44 MB floppy disk to save your system settings and media to contain the backup files. If your computer does not have a floppy drive, see Backup Troubleshooting.


  • You can use Backup to back up and restore data on FAT16, FAT32, or NTFS volumes. However, if you have backed up data from an NTFS volume, it is recommended that you restore the data to an NTFS volume of the same version to prevent losing data. Some file systems might not support all of the features of other file systems.

  • To start Backup, click Start, point to All programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Backup.

  • This procedure will only back up those system files that are necessary for starting your system. You will need to backup your data separately.

  • After creating the ASR set, label this floppy disk and backup media carefully and keep them together. To use the backup media, you must have the floppy disk that you created with that set of media. You cannot use a floppy disk created at a different time or with a different set of media. You must also have your Setup CD available at the time you perform Automated System Recovery.

  • Keep the ASR set in a secure location. The ASR set contains information about your systems configuration that could be used to do harm to your system.

  • If you are backing up a server cluster, run the Automated System Recovery Preparation Wizard on all nodes of the cluster and make sure that the Cluster service is running when you start each Automated System Recovery backup. Make sure that one of the nodes on which you run the Automated System Recovery Preparation Wizard is listed as the owner of the quorum resource while the wizard is running.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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