ASR bkf file Restoring Server 2003

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by ASR creation and recovery, Oct 7, 2004.

  1. Here is a very good topic that I have not found any solid
    answers to as of yet.

    When creating as ASR set in Server 03 you need to specify
    the location of the *.bkf file (this can be a very large
    file in some cases with domain controllers over 5 or 8 GB)
    After this you will place your 3 1/2 floppy in to
    complete creating the set.

    When you run your recovery with the server 03 CD you will
    be prompted for F2 at which point you insert your 3 1/2
    floppy. The ASR will format the partition to match that
    of the original backup- If you saved your BKF to C it is
    now gone- when setup runs it will ask you for the
    location of your bkf file - It has to match the set
    created with the asr disk. Unless you have a DVD burner
    to hold 8 GB or more how will you specify the location of
    this BKF file to complete the restore? That is if the
    Burner is hot plugable and setup detects it in the browse
    window before completion. Aha!

    In the browse window MS puts the Entire network link
    there but this is null and void because setup has not
    completed yet. How is this possible?

    This is absolutely critical to a disaster recovery plan.



    Try running the ASR on a domain controller or mail server
    and you will see that the size of the file is
    ASR creation and recovery, Oct 7, 2004
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  2. ASR creation and recovery

    JP Martinez Guest

    You must save the ASR bkf to a different partition or second hard drive or
    even a network location...BUT!!!!!
    The nic drivers need to be either part of the operating system (W2K3) or you
    must supply your nic drivers to the installation - this is documented how to
    do add other drivers in the Microsoft website -do a search for and plug this
    information into the ASR.sif file which is what resides in the floppy.

    I have been researching a whole lot on ASR - even called Microsoft using our
    free tech support - my biggest challenge is to automate it - there is no
    way at this point -
    and it really sucks you cannot automate the ASR process when you have to
    manage 67 servers.

    JP Martinez, Oct 8, 2004
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