How do I restore System State of a Windows 2008 server?

  1. Product Version:
  2. Redwax Cloud Backup - Advanced 
    OS: Windows 2008
  3. Description:
  4. How do I restore System State of a Windows 2008 server?
  5. Steps:
  6. To restore the System State on a Windows 2008 server, the following steps are required:

    1. Restore the System State data from the Redwax Cloud Backup server onto the client Windows 2008 server
    2. Using the WBAdmin.exe tool to apply the restored backup data into the Windows 2008 server

    Windows is installed on C:\, the System State backup data will be restored to the F:\ drive.

    Provided that the System State of the corresponding Windows Server 2008 was carried out according to the instructions, you can restore the System State data onto the corresponding Windows 2008 server with the following instructions:

    1. Restore System State backup data onto the Windows 2008 server via the Redwax Cloud Backup console

    2. It is necessary for the restored data to remain in the directory structure that they were previously backed up. For this demonstration, we shall restore the data to F:\ (or the original location)


      If you have restored the System State data in an alternate location, please copy the Windows Image Backup folder to the parent drive. Once the restored data is available in correct location, we can then use the WBAdmin.exe tool to restore the System State.

    3. Open a command prompt, enter the following command to get the version of the backed up System State data and press Enter

      >wbadmin get versions -backupTarget:${Restore-Drive}

      For this demonstration, where the System State data was restored to F:\ drive. We will give the command as shown below:

      >wbadmin get versions -backupTarget:F:

      The command above will give the backed up version of the System State backup.

    4. Identify the version of which you want to restore, copy the Version Identifier value of the corresponding System State

    5. In the command prompt window, enter the following command:

      >wbadmin Start SystemStateRecovery -version:${Version-Identifier} -backupTarget:${Restore-Drive}

      For this demonstration, where the System State data was restored to F:\ drive. We can restore version 04/24/2009-06:22 by giving the command as shown below:

      >wbadmin Start SystemStateRecovery -version:04/24/2009-06:22 -backupTarget:F:

    6. A confirmation will be required to start the System State recovery. Type in 'Y' to accept the System State recovery, and press Enter to start the System State recovery process:


    7. The System State recovery will take several minutes to complete

    8. Once the System State recovery completed, it will prompt you to reboot the system


    9. After the server reboots, it confirms the System State recovery is completed and press Enter to continue

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  8. For restore on Windows 2008 domain controller, please refer to the following instructions:

    1. Reboot the domain controller in Directory Service Repair Mode (DSRM):

      1. On the Start menu, point to Administrative Tools, and then click System Configuration


      2. On the Boot tab, in Boot options, select Safe boot, click Active Directory repair, and then click OK


      3. In the System Configuration dialog box, click Restart. The domain controller restarts in DSRM

    2. Perform the System State restore on the domain controller:

      Restore the System State onto the domain controller similar to how it is performed on a normal member Windows 2008 server. Please refer to the instructions outlined in the above section by Clicking Here.

    3. Reboot Windows 2008 domain controller in Normal Mode:

      1. When you are still in DSRM and are ready to restart in normal mode, open a command prompt and type the following:

        >bcdedit /deletevalue safeboot

      2. At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press Enter to restart the server in normal mode:

        >shutdown -t 0 -r
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