How to restore Active Directory with NTBackup utility in Windows Server 2008

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Hello everyone, I backup Active Directory with the NTbackup utility and install the server 2008 in the same equipment the one that had the server 2003. I did a clean install because it didn't let me upgrade.

I did a backup of the Active Directory with the NTbackup in the server 2003, and downloaded the NTbackup utility to restore the Active Directory in Server 2008, but it gives me the following error"Restore of this item is no longer supported". I would really appreciate any help that you could provide me with this issue, thank in advance.



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NTbackup Restore Utility
ASKED: August 16, 2011  7:10 PM
UPDATED: March 31, 2012  6:29 PM

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I think that this is because to restore AD (the ‘system state’) it needs to be the same machine (as in GUID’s) or all kinds of proverbial will hit the fan. It gets further complicated with AD and tombstoning. However from the sound of it you are looking to do a ‘Authoritative Restore’ of AD.

You can restore the system state (where the AD DIT file is) just to a folder so that you can take the required files manually.

Then go to your server and start it up and get a blank AD in place. Then start up the server in Active Directory Services Restore Mode (F8 on start-up). Double check the Domain controller has all of the roles it is going to need then using the command line use ntdsutil to do a ‘Authoritative restore’ of AD (authoritative means that this will override all currently stored AD data and replace it the incoming data, if you just want to add to what you already have in AD use a non-authoritative restore) and point to the location of the .DIT file.

This is more or less it. I suggest spending a few moments to run through the process on the microsoft technet site.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc961934.aspx

You can also find out more about ntdsutil here (including commands and switches)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753343(WS.10).aspx

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  • Voodooclanboy
    Go for this article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc296562.aspx
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  • Voodooclanboy
    I think it can't be done. Refer the article: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverDS/thread/a95082fa-76cb-4606-a56e-7d26d23f225d If you do a system state backup to grab your AD state, you can only restore it to the same OS type from which it was "grabbed". A much, much better solution is to just have two DCs. If the first fails, seize the FSMO roles and the second and truck along... No downtime. Now, if you just want to restore data from a 2003 backup, you can do that using the NTBackup Restore Utility: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=7da725e2-8b69-4c65-afa3-2a53107d54a7&displaylang=en Thank you Anil Lepide
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    Hi all, Refer to the article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727048.aspx I hope it works. Anil LEPIDE
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