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The Staging Folder

The staging folder contains a snapshot of the data for Active Directory.

On the source computer choose an empty folder. U-Move will take a snapshot of Active Directory from the operating system and write it into this folder.

You can then transfer the staging folder to the destination computer. On the destination computer U-Move will upload the files from the staging folder write them into the operating system in order to create a new Active Directory database.

Required Folders

On Windows Server 2008-2016, the Staging Folder must contain the following folders:
\Windows, \ProgramData, and \Users\Administrator.

On Windows Server 2003, the Staging Folder must contain the following folders:
\Windows, \Documents and Settings\All Users, and \Documents and Settings\Administrator.

Layout of the Staging Folder

U-Move will create the staging folder using the layout shown below.

Note: Do not attempt to manually recreate this layout. If you cannot run U-Move on the source computer, instead use the dead disk procedure.


Staging Folder (Any name is acceptable here)
|
-- 00EXPIRY.DAT (Backup expiration date, optional)
|
-- 000STAGE.DAT (U-Move annotations, optional)
|
+- C  (System drive letter, typically C)
|  |
|  +- Users (Use "Documents and Settings" on Windows 2003)
|  |  |
|  |  +- Administrator (The name will vary depending on the language)
|  |  |  |
|  |     +- AppData (Use "Application Data" on Windows 2003)
|  |  |     |
|  |  |     +- Microsoft
|  |  |        |
|  |  |        +- Credentials, Crypto, Protect, SystemCertificates, Vault
|  |  |           |
|  |  |           (Encryption key files)
|  |  |
|  |  +- ProgramData (Use "All Users" on Windows 2003)
|  |     |
|  |     +- Microsoft (Windows 2003 inserts "Application Data")
|  |        |
|  |        +- Credentials, Crypto, Protect, SystemCertificates, Vault
|  |           |
|  |           (Encryption key files)
|  |
|  +- WINDOWS
|     |
|     +- ntfrs
|     |  |
|     |  (Database for the File Replication Service)
|     |
|     +- SchCache
|     |  |
|     |  (AD schema cache files)
|     |
|     +- Security
|     |  |
|     |  (Security database files)
|     |
|     +- System32
|     |  |
|     |  +- CertLog
|     |  |  |
|     |  |  (Files for Certificate Services, optional)
|     |  |  
|     |  +- certsvc
|     |  |  |
|     |  |  (Files for Certificate Services, optional)
|     |  |
|     |  +- Config
|     |  |  |
|     |  |  -- netlogon.dnb
|     |  |  |
|     |  |  -- netlogon.dns
|     |  |  |
|     |  |  -- netlogon.ftl (Only if more than one domain controller)
|     |  |
|     |  +- DHCP
|     |  |  |
|     |  |  (DHCP database files, optional)
|     |  |
|     |  +- DNS
|     |  |  |
|     |  |  (DNS zone files)
|     |  |   
|     |  +- drivers
|     |  |  |
|     |  |  +- etc
|     |  |     |
|     |  |     -- hosts
|     |  |     |
|     |  |     -- lmhosts
|     |  |
|     |  +- GroupPolicy
|     |  |  |
|     |  |  (Local group policy files)
|     |  |
|     |  +- InetSrv
|     |  |  |
|     |  |  (IIS metabase files, optional)
|     |  |
|     |  +- LLS
|     |  |  |
|     |  |  (Windows 2003 License Server files)
|     |  |
|     |  +- LogFiles
|     |  |  |
|     |  |  +- Sum
|     |  |     |
|     |  |     (Windows 2012-2016 SystemIdentity database)
|     |  |
|     |  +- LServer
|     |  |  |
|     |  |  (License files for Windows 2003 Terminal Services, optional)
|     |  |
|     |  +- Microsoft
|     |  |  |
|     |  |  +- Credentials, Crypto, Protect, SystemCertificates, Vault
|     |  |     |
|     |  |     (Encryption key files)
|     |  |
|     |  +- WINS
|     |     |
|     |     (WINS database files, optional)
|     |
|     +- tsgateway
|        |
|        (Remote Desktop gateway encrypted files)
|
+- System State (Or SysState)
   |
   +- Active Directory
   |  |
   |  -- ntds.dit (The Active Directory database file)
   |  |
   |  -- edb00001.log (The 0000n numbers will vary)
   |  |
   |  -- edb.log (Windows 2008-2016)
   |  |
   |  -- edb.chk (If present on the source DC)
   |
   +- Boot Files
   |  |
   |  +- C_ (System drive letter. Note the underscore “_”)
   |     |
   |     +- Documents and Settings (Windows 2003 only)
   |     |  |
   |     |  +- All Users (Windows 2003 only)
   |     |     |
   |     |     +- Application Data (The name will vary depending on the language)
   |     |        |
   |     |        +- Microsoft
   |     |           |
   |     |           +- Credentials, Crypto, Protect, SystemCertificates
   |     |              |
   |     |              (Encryption key files)
   |     |
   |     +- ProgramData (Windows 2008-2016)
   |        |
   |        +- Microsoft
   |        |  |
   |        |  +- Credentials, Crypto, Protect, SystemCertificates, Vault
   |        |     |
   |        |     (Encryption key files)
   |        |
   |        +- IsolatedStorage
   |           |
   |           +- (Encryption key files)
   |   
   +- COM+ Class Registration Database
   |  |
   |  +- ComRegDb.bak
   |
   +- Registry
   |  |
   |  -- Default
   |  |
   |  -- SAM
   |  |
   |  -- Security
   |  |
   |  -- Security.LOG1  (If present)
   |  |
   |  -- Security.LOG2  (If present)
   |  |
   |  -- Software
   |  |
   |  -- Software.LOG1  (If present)
   |  |
   |  -- Software.LOG2  (If present)
   |  |
   |  -- System
   |  |
   |  -- System.LOG1  (If present)
   |  |
   |  -- System.LOG2  (If present)
   |
   +- SYSVOL
      |
      +- C_ (System drive letter.  Note the underscore “_”)
         |
         +- Windows
            |
            +- SYSVOL
            |  |
            |  (Group Policy files and logon scripts)
            |
            +- SYSVOL_DFSR (Windows 2008-2016 if using both DFSR and FRS)
               |
               (Group Policy files and logon scripts)

The staging folder must have the layout shown above. Capitalization is not important. The drive letter (“C”) should match the letter of the system drive. The drive letter can optionally include an underscore character (“C_”).

The folder for the System State can be either “System State” or “SysState”.

The file 00EXPIRY.DAT is optional. It contains the expiration date of the backup (typically 60-180 days after the date of the backup). Its purpose is to warn you when attempting to restore an old backup that has gone past its expiration date.


Alternative: Layout on a Dead Computer

As an alternative, you can copy the Active Directory files directly from the disk of a dead computer. U-Move will ask you to confirm that you are using a dead computer's disk. Answer "yes".

When using a dead computer's disk, U-Move will search for the Active Directory files using the Windows disk layout instead of the NTBACKUP layout. The System State folder is ignored. For example, U-Move will search for NTDS.DIT under StagingFolder\C\Windows\NTDS instead of StagingFolder\System State\Active Directory.

See Copying From a Dead Computer.