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Windows Server 2003 Security: A Technical Reference by Roberta Bragg

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Active Directory Restore

Part of a successful Active Directory restoration is the planning and fulfillment of adequate directory backup, the selection of the proper type of restore, and practice in a complete restore. Even the smallest Active Directory implementation cannot survive a complete operational failure or disaster without the availability of appropriate backup and planning. As detailed in the section “System State Backup,” it is not enough to simply copy the database file ntds.dit. Instead, you must have a complete system state backup. To restore, you must restore the system components. System components must be restored in a specific order. When ntbackup is used to restore the system state files backed up by ntbackup, this order is ...

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