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    We are running a windows 2003 server terminal server with AD.

    Owing to some issues we would like to back up the user accounts/profiles (alongwith passwords) and their respective files, etc. and restore the same after formatting and reinstalling win 2k3.

    Any ideas how to go about it?


  • #2
    Re: Back up and restore user accounts and profiles

    If you are using Active Directory you will be required to backup System State data and following rebuild of domain controller, restore the System State to an alternative location (in this example, C:\NTDSRestore) and promote the member server to a domain controller using the following installation switch dcpromo /adv and then specify the backup media when prompted as C:\NTDSRestore. When restoring ensure the following options are selected:

    1) Restore security
    2) Restore junction points, and restore file and folder data under junction points to the original location
    3) Preserve existing volume mount points

    You will then be required to restart the server.

    You will then be required to verify your installation of Active Directory using utilitys such as dcdiag and netdiag.

    You will be required to be a local administrator and have access to NTBackup.exe to perform the above.

    If you are using local profiles C:\Documents and Settings or if you are using roaming profiles backup the root roaming profiles folder and the subfolders and files containing user data, when restoring ensure that the restore security parameter is included.

    I presume from your post your infrastructure only contains one domain controller?
    MCSA 2000/2003


    • #3
      Re: Back up and restore user accounts and profiles

      If you can, seriously consider bringing up another server as a DC, demoting the first one, rebuilding (after backing up everything) and then promoting the new build server. Less downtime and less risk of things going pear-shaped!
      Tom Jones
      MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
      PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
      IT Trainer / Consultant
      Ossian Ltd

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      • #4
        Re: Back up and restore user accounts and profiles

        Agree with Ossian............Use NTbackup to restore rest of the things....

        Kapil Sharma
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