In addition to restoring the Active Directory database, a comprehensive restore will reload additional data outside of Active Directory that is connected to AD.
A comprehensive restore is required to move AD to a new computer.
The additional data includes the following:
- The Internet address settings
- The Domain Name Server (DNS) database and settings
- The SYSVOL Distributed File System Replication (DFSR) database and settings (C:\System Volume Information\DFSR\*)
- Machine and System Certificates
- The private cryptographic keys for AD
- The private key for the EFS recovery agent
- The DSRM recovery password
- File security and registry security settings
- Optional application databases that are related to Active Directory, including AD FS, Certificate Services, COM+, DHCP, IIS, SharePoint, WINS, WSUS, and Exchange.
Windows Server 2008-2016: The additional data files are located in C:\Windows, C:\Users, and C:\ProgramData.
Windows Server 2003: The additional data files are located in C:\Windows and in C:\Documents and Settings.
System State is not sufficient
The System State alone is not sufficient for a comprehensive restore. Additional data files are required to move AD to a new computer. If you let U-Move create the .BKF file for you, it will back up the minimal set of required files. For a list of the minimal required files see the Layout of the Staging Folder.
Location of data folders
A comprehensive restore gives you the option of choosing a new location for the data folders for Active Directory. You can change the location of the NTDS data file, the NTDS logs, and the SYSVOL folder.
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