Thanks for the tip, but we have been using TDP for a over a year now. We have done hundreds of restores and restores for DR. Different servers, different disk configs, ect. Doing a fresh install and then restore of user databases is straight forward.
What I am trying to do is restoring the the Master database after the fresh install. (which is succesfull). But then, when opening the instance fully (instead of -f -m) it fails because the new restored master database knows about the user databases that are not resotred. Two, if the path and instance name are not the same, it knows about the other system db's with the old path information. We have systems with complex jobs (msdb) and security setups (master) and replication issues (model). I want to restore all the databases, system and user, so I don't have a complex list of scripts and documentation for each system. We have to test 20+ SQL instances and 30+ Oracle instances per year for DR alone. That is on top of the refreshes from prod to dev where all the jobs and security need to be duplicated.
Have you refreshed the entire instance?
Thanks for you information,