System state backups and restores in Windows 2000

By Bryan Muehlberger, ITworld |  How-to

Have you ever been in the situation where a recent change to the
registry or the installation of a new hardware driver caused your server
to become unstable? If so, then you may want to schedule a periodic
system state backup using the backup utility included with Windows 2000.

A system state backup backs up critical configuration and system files

- The boot files
- The COM+ class registration database
- The registry
- The system volume (SYSVOL)
- Active Directory (NTDS) (for Active Directory Domain Controllers)

To run a system state backup, you must start the backup utility by
clicking on Start\Programs\Accessories\System Tools\Backup.

Next, you will click on the backup tab, and then under my computer, you
will see an item titled "system state" (see Figure 1). By checking this
option, you will backup the above-mentioned system and configuration
files. After choosing, "system state" you will want to change the path
where the system state backup is going to be stored. You can store the
backup in a local file or a file on a remote file server. I would
recommend putting it on a central file server somewhere on your network,
that way it is available in the event that you have trouble accessing
the system.

Figure 1

After you have completed the above steps, click on "start backup" and
choose the appropriate options for your backup (see Figure 2). I would
choose to "replace the data on the media with this backup". In
addition, I would choose the "Schedule" option and setup a regular
backup job that backs up the system state on a reasonable basis. After
finalizing your selections, click start, and your backup will be

Figure 2

Make sure you secure the backup files, because the data contained in
this file is critical to your systems security as well as its integrity.

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