You can use the backups you have created with Windows Server Backup to recover your operating system, system state, volumes, applications and application data, backup catalog, and local files and folders. To do this, use the following tools:
|Tool||What you can recover|
Recovery Wizard (in Windows Server Backup)
Files, folders, volumes, system state, applications, and application data
Windows Setup disc or a separate installation of the Windows Recovery Environment
Operating system (critical volumes) and full server (all volumes)
Catalog Recovery Wizard (in Windows Server Backup)
You can also perform these tasks using the Wbadmin command. For the syntax of this command, see the Command Reference (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=140216). You cannot perform recoveries using the Windows PowerShell cmdlets for Windows Server Backup.
For instructions specific to recovering Active Directory Domain Services, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=143754.
This section contains instructions to help you do the following:
- Recover Files and
- Recover Applications and
- Recover Volumes
- Recover the Operating
System or Full Server
- Recover the System
- Recover a Backup
- To perform recoveries using Windows Server
Backup, you must be a member of the Backup Operators or
Administrators group, or you must have been delegated the
- You cannot recover backups that you created
with Ntbackup.exe by using Windows Server Backup (Wbadmin.exe).
However, a version of Ntbackup.exe is available as a download for
Windows Server 2008 users who want to recover data from
backups that were created using Ntbackup.exe. The downloadable
version of Ntbackup.exe is only for performing recoveries of legacy
backups and cannot be used to create new backups on Windows
Server 2008. To download this limited version of Ntbackup.exe,
- If you are recovering your operating system
to a new hard disk, make sure the disk is at least as big as the
disk that contained the volumes that were backed up, regardless of
the size of those volumes. For example, if there was only one
volume that was 100 GB on a 1-TB disk during backup, you should use
a disk that is at least 1 TB when recovering.
- If you are using BitLocker Drive Encryption
to protect your server and you need to perform a recovery, make
sure to reapply BitLocker Drive Encryption to your server. This
will not happen automatically—it must be enabled explicitly. For
instructions, see the Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption
Step-by-Step Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=143722 ).