System State Components for the Windows File System

The types of restores that you can perform for system state data depends on whether the data is a component or a service.

Data category


Types of restores that you can perform


  • System file protection catalog and files

  • Performance monitor configuration files

  • Active Directory

  • Quotas

  • SYSVOL (if this is a domain controller)

  • Certificate Services database (if this is a certificate server)

  • Cluster database (if this server is part of a cluster)

  • Registry

  • COM+ database

  • File Server Resource Manager (FSRM)

  • If you are restoring all the components, you can perform an in-place restore or an out-of-place restore.

  • If you are restoring individual components, you can perform only an out-of-place restore.


  • DHCP

  • WINS

  • Event logs

  • Disk quota information

  • RSM database

  • WMI database

  • Terminal Server Licensing database

  • Content indexing catalogs

  • You can restore all services (except the Content Indexing catalogs) together or individually to an in-place, or an out-of-place destination.

  • Content Indexing Catalog service will be included when you restore the entire system state but cannot be restored individually.