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U-Move
FAQ

System State Restore

Q: I can restore the System State, so why do I need to use U-Move?

A: When you restore the System State you are restoring the entire operating system - not just AD - and any system instability, bad device drivers, or computer viruses will likely carry over.

Microsoft does not support restoring the System State backup from one computer to a second computer of a different make, model, or hardware configuration (KB249694).

The System State is not sufficient to move Active Directory to a different computer. To reliably move AD additional data files are required outside of the System State.

Only U-Move can reliably move the AD database to another computer using the minimal set of required files. It gives you the quickest and easiest way to move or recover your AD database.

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