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    DHCP, DNS GPO AD backup question

    On 2008r2 Is it possible to back these up individually?

    Why.
    We use an external company to backup our main server and are not allowed to create one off backups using MS backup as the external company use the system state service within their software, or something like that.

    I have a script that exports DHCP settings and re-imports which works as I have tested it, but what about DNS, GP's and AD.

    Thanks.

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    I know you can backup GPOS through the Group Policy Management MMC though I'm not sure if you can backup their locations (i.e. where they are allocated). There are tools built into Server 2008 to backup AD (which would possibly include the DNS zones) though from what I gather you aren't allowed to use them? We use DPM for our backups so not much help using them either way sorry.

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    The System State is all one thing and cannot be split (as far as I am aware).

    If backups occur at night, there's nothing stopping you backing up the System State during the day. Surely the services wouldn't be in use?

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    or 3am in the morning? systemstate isnt a massive backup if I recall

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    Well I just did the backup and dont seem to have killed any third party software.

    systemstate isnt a massive backup if I recall
    2008r2 is way bigger then our old 2003 server. systemstate comes in at 12gb.

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    I think this is because Server 2008 R2 backs up per volume.

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    You can backup your entire DHCP config to a single file by dropping to a command line and typing this:

    Code:
    netsh dhcp server export c:\dhcp.export
    You can exchange export for import to pull the scopes back in. I would imagine DNS would be just the same.

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    My bad, I goofed on the command and the post is too old to modify.

    Code:
    netsh dhcp server export all c:\dhcp.export

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