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Working with Windows® Small Business Server 2011 Essentials by Andrew Edney, Sharon Crawford, Charlie Russel

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Restoring from Backup

The process of restoring your SBS 2011 Essentials server from backup is something you should test and do before you find yourself in the middle of a disaster. And yes, we know, we’re repeating ourselves. But it’s really important. One last time and then we’ll let it go: The only good backup is a fully tested backup. And the only reliable way to test a backup is to restore it.

When disaster strikes your SBS 2011 Essentials network and you have to restore an entire server, you’ll need the following:

  • Your backup.

  • Hardware to restore the backup to. If you’re using the native Windows Server 2008 R2 Backup that is part of SBS, your hardware needs to be quite similar to the server you’re replacing.

  • The original Disk 1 from your SBS ...

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