Non-Authoritative Restore of System State Backup in Windows Server 2012 R2

How to perform Non-Authoritative Restore in Windows Server 2012 R2

Non-Authoritative restore is required to restore the System State backup. In the old post we learned the steps to take system state backup. In this post, we’ll learn the steps to perform non-authoritative restore in Windows Server 2012 R2. Non-Authoritative restore is primarily required for an environment in which we only have one Domain Controller. However, if you have multiple Domain Controllers then you can perform Authoritative restore. In the future post, we’ll show you the example of Authoritative restore. In addition to that we’ll also help you to understand the difference between Authoritative restore and Non-Authoritative restore.

Let’s assume a scenario, in which we have one Domain Controller and we created an OU named Sales. Within the OU we have created some domain users and we have also taken system state backup. Assume that one of the Administrators have deleted the sales OU and now we need to restore the same by using the System State Backup. Please take a note, we are assuming an environment in which we only have one Domain Controller and not multiple Domain Controllers.

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