[ Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Shobhit Garg and Justin Crosby from Commercial Technical Support ]
Today’s post will cover the basics of performing a bare metal restore on Small Business Server 2008. As you will see, a bare metal restore allows you to recover your Operating System, installed applications and data without first having to install an OS or backup software. The Small Business Server Backup Wizard will create backups that are bare metal capable. For more information on SBS 2008 backup, see: http://blogs.technet.com/sbs/archive/2008/11/03/introducing-sbs-2008-backup.aspx . It is important to remember to backup all volumes if you want the ability to restore the server to the exact state it was in at the time of the backup. You cannot restore data that was never backed up.
Some Advantages of Bare Metal Restore
Now let’s consider that some irreparable damage has occurred to the server OS. You can perform a bare metal restore using the following steps:
If you have chosen to format the drive, you will receive a confirmation message before proceeding.
The restore process will take several minutes. Once it completes, you will be prompted for a reboot.
Important: This procedure will trigger a reactivation of the server, which you must complete within three days.
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