Windows Server 2003 system state.

system state
Windows Server 2003 32-bit
Hi guys. 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.

Software/Hardware used:
Windows server 2003

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In the ADUC, for the users profile, you want to go to the user’s Profile tab.  There you will see the logon script and such.  We give our customers some space on our servers for external storage, from their pc’s, for data in the event that their systems crash.  You can easily do this by going to the Home Folder section of the Profile Tab, ensure that the Connect button is filled in and then type in the pat of the location of the folders for the customer.  Now, each time the customer logs on, they will be mapped to that folder and can back up their own data.  It is a simply modification to the users profile, but with a major payback in benefits.

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  • Ben Rubenstein
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