Crash during disaster recovery

It is possible during a disaster recovery that the system being recovered may crash (blue screen) during the restore of the system files component of system state. Upon Windows startup, the error "System error: Lsass.exe. When trying to update a password the return status indicates that the value provided as the current password is not correct." was displayed, before the system rebooted itself.

This has been observed on a system where the firmware of some components (such as RAID controller and BIOS) were on different levels on the hardware being restored to compared to the hardware the backup was taken from.

It has also been observed on a system where the Windows service pack level was different on the pre-restore hardware to that on the backed-up hardware. (Windows Server 2003 SP2 was on the backed up hardware, and Windows Server 2003 SP1 was on the hardware being restored to). In most cases this does not cause an issue, but in at least one case it has for me.

So when doing a disaster recovery, before restoring the data from your backup, bring the firmware versions and Windows Service Pack  up to the same levels as on your backed-up hardware to minimise possible problems.