This is my first post but I have read lots on the site which has helped loads so thank you!!
I have a Windows 2003 Small Business Edition server which was running a Raid5 up until a few days ago. Unfortunately it suffered 2hdd failures over a weekend and so I could not repair the raid as it I was more than one drive down. I did have a dat72 tape backup from a mon ago and have managed to get data back but now I am looking to alter the server structure slightly and wanted to see if I could use a system state file with such changes.
Ok so I have decided to remove the 2tb raid5 which was for data (which also had a partition of 30gb for the system install). Now I have bought 2 128gb SSD Drives. I have reinstalled the operating system to one of these and plan to use the other one as a cloned backup as the server next to never changes per than hot fixes and new data so I don't feel daily system backups is worthwhile.
Next I have added a large a 3tb drive for data and have this syncing with a NAS box for backup daily. I also set this NAS to remote backup to an identical box at home so I have an out of office backup too. Ok so far so good.
In the meantime I have managed to recover the data lost on the failed raid using recover software which great news and also a recent system state.bkf file.
Now my question is as I am not an IT Admin I am not sure how to rebuild the system that was put in place to have users be easily added and have their roaming profile and homedrive automatically added. So I wondered if I could somehow use the system state info to get the users and home drives structure back as I don't know much about doing this in the active directory as I used to copy a user and modify as necessary and the home drives and profiles were created automatically created on the data drive by some use of the $ and %username% variables. Or is it the case that now my hdd setup has changed the system state file is of no use?
Sorry if that is all a lot of waffle! Hope it makes some sense. TIA.