Must-have information for restoring Windows 2000
By Rick Cook
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Windows 2000 contains a number of improvements for doing backups and restores over previous versions of Windows. However, you can still find yourself in trouble if you try to restore a Windows 2000 Server system without some vital pieces of information written down. The Windows 2000 restore utility will need this information during the restoration and unless you have a hard copy it will be unavailable.
You need to know the computer's name. This is especially important if you have to restore the system to another computer because of hardware failure.
You also need to know the static IP addresses, if any. You will need to know what domain the machine belongs to. Microsoft says you may also have to set up a new machine account for the restored system, even if the machine name does not change. You will need the local machine's administrative password -- the one used when the backup you are restoring from was created. Without this password, you won't be able to log onto the machine once it is restored to establish a domain account for the machine. It will also be required to restore the system state on a domain controller.
You will also need a report from the Disk Management system utility showing the volumes and sizes of the disks on the system. If there is a complete disk failure, you have to restore all the disk configurations before restoring the system state of data to the machine.
For more information on restoring a Windows 2000 machine, see the white paper titled "Windows 2000 Server Disaster Recovery Guidelines" on Microsoft's TechNet web site.
Rick Cook has been writing about mass storage since the days when the term meant an 80K floppy disk. The computers he learned on used ferrite cores and magnetic drums. For the last twenty years, he has been a freelance writer specializing in storage and other computer issues.
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