I thought I had blogged about this prior, but it has been brought to my attention that I haven’t to date. So I wanted to make sure it was covered.
As you recall, Small Business Server 2003 used Windows NT Backup (or NTBackup for short). With the introduction of Server 2008 (and hence SBS 2008), NTBackup was removed from the product (with good reason! Trust me!). With this came the introduction of the Server Backup, built by the same team as the Data Protection team.
This server backup and restore utility doesn’t know what to do with NTBackup (.bkp) files. So instead, you can download the Windows NT Backup and Restore Utility for Windows 7 (KB 974674). Be sure to choose the version you need based on what operating system you’re running on.
Another IMPORTANT note to realize, is if you use it on your server, and then attempt a bare metal restore of the server using the Windows Server Backup, the box gets stuck at a black window and doesn’t boot properly.
So the correct steps are
- Install the NT Backup and restore utility
- Restore desired set of file(s)
- Un-install the NT Backup and restore utility
Happy Restoring from Old backups!