Restoring Master Database

Sep 18, 2002

Hi all, I'm hopeful that someone can help.. I'm working with my DRP scripts, and am having some trouble.
First I run Rebuildm with no issue, sql works fine (btw we're on SQL7 SP2)
then I start sql in single user mode
sqlservr -m
next, I attempt to restore my master db from a dump, and receive the following error:
Getpage: bstat=0x9, sstat=0x1, cache
pageno is/should be:objid is/should be:
... IAM indicates that page is NOT allocated to this object
Error: 605, Severity: 21, State: 1.
Error: 3151, Severity: 21, State: 0
The master database failed to restore. Use the rebuildm utility to rebuild the master database. Shutting down SQL Server..

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Aug 30, 2000

Iam planning to move the production server from one server to another. Can any one tell me how to do the migration of the master,model and msdb database. Help in this regard is highly appreciated.Is it ok if I do the dts for these three databases Thanks

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Sep 24, 1999

In SQL 7 Books Online, the suggested method for disaster recovery is to restore the master database along with msdb and user databases.

I am testing this and have an issue restoring the master database. I start SQL in single user mode connected as sa. Using Enterprise Manager to initiate the restore I get the following error:

Microsoft SQL-DMO (ODBC SQLState:01000)
ConnectionTransact (GetOverlappedResult())
Connection broken.

This stops SQL Server, and prevents subsequent connections and the only fix is to rebuild the master database.

Any ideas?

Although user databases can be recreated and restored without restoring the original master, configuration, security and user logon information is lost without it.


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Well, we did not discover until this morning that our encrypted data was not decrypting because the service master key was not matching the one that was used to encrypt our data. We realized that we do not have any backups for the service master key and we do not know the user credentials that were used to create the original service master key.

We tried already, but we could not get past step 6. We got the build/version mismatch error.

My question is does anyone have any ideas or suggestions on how to either get the master database to be restored or to get the service master key extracted? Our business is basically at a hault until we get this data encrypted.

Thank you in advance for your help.

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I am experiencing a lot of problems trying to restore the master database for a mock Disaster situation. I started SQL server in single mode using
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Hi Guys,
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Hi All,
I have a production issue should be attended immediatly.
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I really appreciated for your grate.... help.
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Aug 14, 2015

I needed to take a backup of a database and use it on another server and followed the steps in the following article to do so:


It restored fine on the destination but I still need to use the original and I get the following error from the application when trying to use it:

create a master key in the database or open the master key in the session before performing this operation.

This is after doing the following to try and restore the master key.

USE <database>;
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BY PASSWORD = '<password>'
BY PASSWORD = '<password>';

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The old and new master keys are identical. No data re-encryption is required.

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sqlservr.exe - m -s via Binn Folder I got following error message.

Your SQL Server installation is either corrupt or has been tampered with (SQL Registery version not same as server). Please uninstall then re-run setup to correct this problem.

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I can't find any articles telling me how to restore master,msdb databases on
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Looked on BOL could not find anything.

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Hi there

One of the forum user suggests that I need to post the following issue to this area relating on data corruption.

Here's where I am up to in detail:

Summary: Basically, I made a daily automatic testing restore to TARGETSERVER and every database are ok except the master database. I do DBCC CHECKDB on master database in the SOURCESERVER .. and no error what so ever. But the result of restoring of the master backup does. This happens everday.

I am appreciated your comment/feedback.

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Now, I checked and verified that my backup version of SQL Server is the same as the version installed on the computer I'm restoring too.

I have SQL Server on a production machine that I backed up and want to test a full restore on a dev machine to make sure it will work when I need it to.

Now that I've run the restore command on my tape backup and go to restart the SQL server service I receive:

Configuration block version 0 is not a valid version number. SQL Server is exiting. Restore the master database or reinstall.

I'm afraid I don't understand why this is happening. If the builds are the same, then shouldn't restoring the MASTER database have worked normally and I'd be able to restart the service now?

Any thoughts or suggestions?

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Could anyone guide me how to restore Master, msdb to different server from the backup files.
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We are preparing Disaster recovery plans, and I need to recover the SQL servers. When testing this, I have run REBUILDM, and then set sql to single user and attempted restore of master. I receive error messages:
"2001-11-16 15:36:24.33 spid6 Getpage: bstat=0x9, sstat=0x1, cache
2001-11-16 15:36:24.34 spid6 pageno is/should be: objid is/should be:
2001-11-16 15:36:24.34 spid6 (1:988)/(1:988) 6/30
2001-11-16 15:36:24.84 spid6 ... IAM indicates that page is NOT allocated to this object
2001-11-16 15:36:24.88 spid6 Error: 605, Severity: 21, State: 1.
2001-11-16 15:36:24.95 spid6 Error: 3151, Severity: 21, State: 0
2001-11-16 15:36:24.95 spid6 The master database failed to restore. Use the rebuildm utility to rebuild the master database. Shutting down SQL Server.."

Subsequent attempt cause the same, UNLESS i reapply SP2 (the version running when the Master was backed up)

Is this a requirment or am I missing something??

Thanks in advance

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Everytime I attempt to restore the master database, it corrupts the entire instance of SQL server 2000. I have been using the method out on Microsoft's Knowledgebase:

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I would like to know if anyone has other methods of restoring the master database from a backup device.

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Hi all,

I am trying to restore my master database to a new server in sql 2000. I have started sql in single user mode from the command line and connected to enterprise manager and attempted to do the restore. I also tried query analyzer and used the restore database from disk ='file path of backup' used the move option with the correct file path and on both counts received the same error message...

Error: 9001, Severity: 21, State: 1.
Error: 3151, Severity: 21, State: 0.

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I am running through a Disaster Recovery scenerio and I am having trouble restoring the Master and msdb DBs to a recovery box.

My production is a default Instance on WIN2k Server - SQL Server is 2000 Standard, sp3a

The box I'm trying to recover to is a Named Instance on WIN2003 server - SQL Server 2000, sp3a

I stopped/restarted my recovery server with -m and -T3608 startup parameters but when I attempt to restore the master backup from my production box to the recovery box, I get an error - it's a blank dialog box with a big red X and it says: Microsoft SQL-DMO - ODBS SQL State - HY000

when I check the sql server log: it shows the Server started in single user then it says recovering master db then starting up master DB then it just hangs..

Server event viewer shows this: 18052:error 3151, severity 21, state 0

not much to go on.. does anyone know what I'm doing wrong???

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I am trying to restore master to a new server but location of data and log files is different in this new server. The previous location was 'D:Program FilesMicrosoft SQL ServerMSSQLdata" the current location is in the C: Drive; when trying to restore using MOVE:

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MOVE 'mastlog' TO 'C:Program FilesMicrosoft SQL ServerMSSQLdatamastlog.ldf'

I get the following error message:

The system database cannot be moved by RESTORE

Is there a way you can restore master to a different location?



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