We have been spending some serious time tearing into SBS 2008 by breaking all sorts of things to see what happens and to figure out how to fix them.
In some cases, we are successful in getting the fix in, and in others we are still on the short end of the learning curve.
The big confidence builder in all of this is the fact that the built-in SBS backup is phenomenal! The ability to restore various aspects of the server up to and including the server itself is simply the best out of the box backup system we have worked with on any Microsoft OS product.
We have restored the bench SBS 2008 box so many times from so many backups we made during our testing that the built-in SBS backup is a viable contender to stay on the box as the de facto backup solution for SBS 2008.
The one spot we have not tested yet is the built-in backup’s ability to restore to different hardware. Though, from what we can see, the ability is there as the restore process gives us the ability to install drivers prior to running the restore.
While working on one of the restores, we ended up receiving this error:
Windows Complete PC Restore
The Windows Complete PC Restore Operation failed.
Error details: Element not found. (0x80070490)
It did not take much to find the reason behind the error: WindowsNetworking.com: Performing a Recovery Using Complete PC Restore.
It seems that even though have the USB Boot Priority disabled in the BIOS, the boot order was set as follows:
USB HDD Set as Default
The recommended action in the WindowsNetworking article was to keep the USB HDD unplugged until it came time to scan the backup drive for the backup being used to restore the system.
Once we left the USB drive unplugged during the POST and subsequent SBS DVD boot, we were able to accomplish a successful restore.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book
*All Mac on SBS posts will not be written on a Mac until we replace our now missing iMac!