SBS 2003 recovery from NTBackup to new RAID volume and partitionfollowing Blue Screen

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  1. MarcusN

    MarcusN Guest

    I had a blue screen event on my SBS 2003 R2 server. When the server
    reboots it is highly unstable and a lot of services won't start (e.g.
    ISA, Exchange, SQL).

    I have full C partition (OS location), system state, Exchange MDBDATA
    and SQL backup conducted by NTBackup for the days before the blue
    screen.

    The C partition is on a RAID5 volume (CVOL) which has a SMART error
    and bad stripes. This is what I have done.

    1) I have created a new RAID5 volume (DVOL) of the same size as CVOL
    on new disks.

    2) I booted the server in safe mode and, using server management
    console, created a new D partition on the DVOL volume. I formatted it.

    3) I have rebooted the server in DSRM safe mode and used NTBackup to
    recover the C partition to the new D partition, and system state from
    the NTBackup from two days before the blue screen.

    4) I rebooted the server, entered the RAID array control utility (Ctrl-
    A as it's an Adaptec array) and promoted DVOL ahead of CVOL in the
    boot order, restarting the server when the change was accepted.

    Problem. The server doesn't boot into SBS 2003 R2. I just get a
    blinking cursor. F8 to select the boot options such as safe mode
    doesn't work. I have to power down and reverse point (4) to get an OS
    load.

    Question 1. What am I doing wrong?

    Question 2. How do I create a complete restore of the OS partition and
    system state but to a new Volume so that I can avoid the SMART error
    and bad stripes that plague the original Volume?

    Question 3. Is there anything specific I need to do so that I can
    eventually recover Exchange and all my SQL data bases?
     
    MarcusN, Mar 23, 2011
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  2. MarcusN

    Amt37 Guest

    Hello all,

    As I have about the same problem with no solution, I would be really
    interested in an answer to this question.

    I have to migrate an SBS 2003 Server from the current machine that doesn't
    have enough space on de RAID 5 Array to the same machine witrh new disks.
    Any help on the full process would be apreciated.

    Thanks
    JeanPi


    "MarcusN" a écrit dans le message de groupe de discussion :
    ...

    I had a blue screen event on my SBS 2003 R2 server. When the server
    reboots it is highly unstable and a lot of services won't start (e.g.
    ISA, Exchange, SQL).

    I have full C partition (OS location), system state, Exchange MDBDATA
    and SQL backup conducted by NTBackup for the days before the blue
    screen.

    The C partition is on a RAID5 volume (CVOL) which has a SMART error
    and bad stripes. This is what I have done.

    1) I have created a new RAID5 volume (DVOL) of the same size as CVOL
    on new disks.

    2) I booted the server in safe mode and, using server management
    console, created a new D partition on the DVOL volume. I formatted it.

    3) I have rebooted the server in DSRM safe mode and used NTBackup to
    recover the C partition to the new D partition, and system state from
    the NTBackup from two days before the blue screen.

    4) I rebooted the server, entered the RAID array control utility (Ctrl-
    A as it's an Adaptec array) and promoted DVOL ahead of CVOL in the
    boot order, restarting the server when the change was accepted.

    Problem. The server doesn't boot into SBS 2003 R2. I just get a
    blinking cursor. F8 to select the boot options such as safe mode
    doesn't work. I have to power down and reverse point (4) to get an OS
    load.

    Question 1. What am I doing wrong?

    Question 2. How do I create a complete restore of the OS partition and
    system state but to a new Volume so that I can avoid the SMART error
    and bad stripes that plague the original Volume?

    Question 3. Is there anything specific I need to do so that I can
    eventually recover Exchange and all my SQL data bases?
     
    Amt37, Apr 8, 2011
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  3. The simplest (and best) solution, IMO, is to do a Swing Migration
    (www.sbsmigration.com) onto a temporary machine, and then back to the
    original machine with the new hard disks.
     
    Charlie Russel-MVP, Apr 9, 2011
    #3
  4. MarcusN

    Amt37 Guest

    Hi Charlie,

    Thank you for the information.
    Unfortunately, I gave the price to the customer and I'm sure he will not
    agree for extra cost.
    Also, we are in France and I did'nt check if this solution is available in
    this language.

    On an other hand, what happens if the server has a big crash problem and we
    have to change it?
    In this case, we have to rebuild the same domain and then use the backup
    is'nt it?
    In my case, the data are allready on an other disk.
    I suppose that I only need the System State and the Exchange information.
    Where can I find all the instructions to do this ?
    I need to be sure in advance of the result.

    Thanks in advance for your good help

    JeanPi

    "Charlie Russel-MVP" a écrit dans le message de groupe de discussion :
    inpvga$qoh$...

    The simplest (and best) solution, IMO, is to do a Swing Migration
    (www.sbsmigration.com) onto a temporary machine, and then back to the
    original machine with the new hard disks.
     
    Amt37, Apr 11, 2011
    #4
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