Windows Server 2008 R2 System State Recovery

When operating systems become corrupt or unstable or a role service needs to be rolled back to a previously backed-up state, the quickest and easiest way to perform this task is to restore the System State. The System State can be backed up independently but is also contained within a full server backup. To restore the System State on a Member Server from a previous backup, perform the following steps:

1. Log on to the Windows Server 2008 R2 system with an account with administrator privileges.

2. Click Start, click All Programs, click Administrative Tools, and select Windows Server Backup.

3. In the Actions pane, select Recover to start the Recovery Wizard.

4. On the Getting Started page, select either to restore data previously backed up from the local computer or a different computer. For this example, select This Server (Servername), where Servername is the name of the server Windows Server Backup is connected to, and click Next to continue.

5. On the Select Backup Date page, select the correct date and time of the backup you will use to restore the data, and click Next to continue. Days with a successful backup are formatted in boldface.

6. On the Select Recovery Type page, select the System State option button, and click Next to continue.

7. On the Select Location for System State Recovery page, click the Original Location option button and click Next to continue. If this system was a domain controller, more options would be available.

8. On the Confirmation page, review the section and ensure that the check box to automatically reboot the server to complete the recovery process is checked, and then click Recover to start the process.

9. After the system reboots, log on to the server to verify functionality. If the system is working properly, perform a full system backup.

Source of Information : Sams - Windows Server 2008 R2 Unleashed

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