When we use the native/built-in Windows 2000 Backup and Restore, our Active Directory cannot be restored completely due to hardware differences. Even Microsoft states on its Web site that "there has been some testing with restoring from different vendors, from Compaq computers to Dell computers or vice versa, and they have gotten that to work on occasion, but that is not a guarantee ... that it's going to work."
Is there a third-party backup and restore software product that can back up a Windows 2000 Active Directory Domain Controller and do bare-metal restore on a completely different hardware configuration?
At a high level, both products require a certain amount of setup and pre-configuration effort but work in a similar way once installed: The system to be restored comes up with very limited software (diskette) and is automatically rebuilt from a customized install image (much like what is known as a Windows silent install) that is either on a CD or a network share. When fully integrated with a backup product such as CBMR with Tivoli Storage Manager or BMR and NetBackup, other backup data can be restored directly from the backup server.
This was first published in March 2005