System restore on Windows Server 2003 R2

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Windows Server 2003 R2
Can system restore points for our windows 2003 r2 server be stored on an external drive or a network drive? How would we restore them in an emergency?

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I believe they can be but these will not save you in a emergency backup situation. You should get a external backup set up and just use the backup program it comes with or windows back up. System restore only puts the system back in a state by doing small changes to registry and application changes. If your system were to cease working these system restores would be almost worthless. Set up a tape back up or some other external method and test it randomly to make sure it works.

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  • Mansurali
    I finally come up with the following procedure which worked great on my machine but I must warn you: read this very carefully before doing anything I describe here, and do it only if you feel comfortable working with the System Registry, the Services snap-in etc... As you can imagine, neither me not Microsoft can be considered responsible for any damage caused by this procedure, which is not supported by CSS (Customer Services and Support, formerly known as PSS). So, if you're still with me, to start we need a WinXP installation CD (doesn't matter is Home Edition or Professional). In XP system restore is installed in syssetup.inf under the inf.always section. If you have XP installed, you can open up %windir%infsyssetup.inf and search for "[Infs.Always]": you'll see the section XP looks at for installing system components. You'll notice it has sr.inf, this is the inf for system restore. For Windows 2003, if you look at syssetup.inf you won't find sr.inf. This doesn't mean system restore won't work in server 2003, it just means we don't install it (now sure why). Now we have to right click on sr.inf and select "Install", to install it on Windows 2003. If you have XP installed on another machine/partition you can simply right click on it; if you don't, extract i386sr.in_ from the XP CD to a folder of your choice, then right clink on it and select "Install". It will ask you where the files are, so point to the XP CD. When done you'll be prompted to restart the system: do it. That was easy, now comes the tricky part. After restarting the system you'll get an error saying that the service could not start, specifically this is error 1068: this means it cannot run under the service is on. If you look at it in services.msc console, the path of the executable will be "C:WINDOWSsystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs". This got me thinking so I opened up sr.inf, and found this line: [SRSvc_delreg] HKLM,"SoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionSvcHost","SRGroup" I opened up regedit, and this registry key didn't exist. So it seems the sr.inf doesn't register system restore to run under the network services group. Using the above registry key as an example, I opened regedit and went to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionSvcHost. On the right side I saw netsvcs. I double clicked on it, but could not find SRService (this is the name for system restore). On a hunch, at the bottom I added SRService, rebooted, and this time got no error on startup. I opened up rstrui.exe, and System Restore opened fine. I also had a System Restore tab in System Properties now, too. I was able to make a restore point fine, then restore the computer to it without any problems. So in the above registry key double click on netsvcs, and at the bottom of the list type in SRService (not sure if this is case sensitive or not).
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