Full and System State Active Directory Server Backup through Command Line

Case:
- AD server physical disk crashed.
- Bpught a new replacement HDD and restored from a Acronis backup image (.tib).
- Restored AD boots up but seem to fail when loading services.
- To no avail, planning to do a Windows Server Backup (full) from a redundant server and restore from Directory Services Recovery Mode (DSRM) - advance boot options.
- a side note: Somehow, booting into DSRM works.

Ref:
- http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771583

Steps:
- i choose CLi coz i think its less complicated.
- i set up a shared folder on diff server, and planned to write it to the shared folder.
- syntax used:
wbadmin start backup -include:c: -backuptarget:\\\WinBackup_1\ -quiet
- currently in progress:

And for the sake of it, i have a system state backup too:

wbadmin start systemstatebackup -backuptarget:\\vantage02\Vantage\WinBackup_1\  -quiet

Screenshot:


Ouh! a System State Backup can't be saved on a Shared Folder.. okayguy.jpg
So simple, just save it locally and export ti later. OR Just attach a USB external drive and run it again:

ouh, and if you get the "System writer is not found in the backup" error message, just look here : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2009272



to be continued on restoration part.

that's all!

.alak

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