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The System State

What is the System State?

The System State consists of the core files and registry settings that are used by the Windows Server operating system.

The System State includes the following information:

  • The boot files
  • The system registry settings
  • The system protected files. These are the critical files needed to run Windows. For example KERNEL32.DLL and NTDLL.DLL.
  • The Active Directory data files
  • The shared system volume (SYSVOL)
  • The COM+ Component Services database
  • The Certificate Services database (if installed)

You can back up the System State with the console command wbadmin start systemstatebackup. (We recommend instead you use wbadmin start backup -allCritical. See below.)