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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 11:34 am 
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My server suffered a "power outage" in mid March (now mid May) that resulted in corruption of my SYS volume. I found that I could not RDP into the server and as such, could not "see" what was going on. (turns out I believe my power supply was failing, so I have installed a new one. Another issue: the fan within the PS is God awful loud!)

Server shares were available for about 3 minutes following boot, but then would fall offline.

I probably exacerbated the issue by doing a couple hard shutdowns, but the bottom line is that I've begun setting up a fresh install on the ole box..

My question is regarding the client backup database. For reasons I can't remember, although I had been using the BDBB plugin, I had stopped. I have made backups of the database manually every 6 months, so I have two versions of my client backup database one of which is from January 2018, so very recent.

I also exported the WHS hive from the registry on the server each time I backed up the client BU DB and saved that on the drive. So I have those as well.

As fate would have it, one of the computers on my home network became infected with a nasty virus. So although I really don't need my client backups, I would really like to get at least one of them so I can restore this machine that got infected.

Has anyone successfully reinstalled a backed up client database and then ALSO successfully restored a client from the restored database?

If yes, can you offer some guidance on the following questions regarding the client backup database restoration?

What I've done:

* Clean install on new SYS drive
* Pulled ALL Microsoft and HP updates
* Installed one additional HDD (1.5TB) in the server and added it to the storage pool (So I have one DATA partition on the primary drive and one DATA partition on the 2nd drive. My client backup database is < 800GB so plenty of space for it)
* Shut down the two services necessary to backup or restore the client database per the MS whitepaper on backing up the client backup database: PDL and WHSBackup
* Copied the entire backup database from my backup drive to the backup location on the server (D:\folders\{....A7AB4})
* Restarted the two services in reverse order on the server: WHSBackup and PDL
* Rebooted the server


Questions:

* Is it necessary to import the registry hive that I backed up (exported) for the client backup database to function correctly. It seems to me it must be, but I don't know.
* If I have exported the ENTIRE WHS registry hive, will importing the entire backup version of it break my current WHS install?
* Is there a set of keys I should import only? (I've opened the WHS hive I exported and browsed it and see what appears to be a lot of configuration data that could conflict with my current, different, new install)
* My prior iteration of the server had 3 HDD in the storage pool (all bays filled). My new, temporary server has just one. Does this create a mismatch with data in the registry and as such, will it prevent me from recovering a client backup to reimage my infected client machine?



I am going to keep working on this before any of you has replied, but I will probably have to come back to where I am now and take a different path if what I try doesn't work. Fortunately, I've imaged the SYS partition on my new server so it should be easy to get back to where I am now to use whatever advice / information you offer.

I'll document what I do here with the intent that it helps someone else as we all face aging systems and this type of issue becomes more common among us.

Thanks in advance!
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 4:14 pm 
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Well you somewhat double posted.
If you have run reset from the cd without the pool drives installed you have hosed yourself.

At this point the best method is to plug your pool drives into your pc and copy the data back to your server.

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Yes, certainly the same domain, but really two different approaches to solving a problem. I know there are technically savvy people here who may be able to offer guidance on the various approaches to restore a server, two of which (broadly) I've asked about here.

Thanks for the posts. I know that I have options because I have backups of everything, it is just a question of the right way to reassemble everything without loosing it all.


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