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Bare-metal restore of Windows Server 2008 to new hardware, using Windows Server Backup

Recently I covered in a Step-by-Step video tutorial, the new Windows Server Backup features in Windows Server 2008.

I also demonstrated in another Screencast the Bare-Metal restore of Windows Small Business Server 2008 (using Windows Server Backup).

I got a question on Neto-Chat: Can you perform Bare-Metal restore of Windows Server 2008 to a different hardware using Windows Server Backup.

I haven’t tried this and I am testing it at the moment. As usually, the results will be posted as a Step-by-Step video tutorial.

The question has an interesting twist. Can you restore Windows Server 2008 running on a physical machine, to a virtual machine. For example you might want to backup a server running in a production environment or duplicate it in a test network.

What about the opposite – moving an installation of Windows Server 2008 from a Virtual Machine, to a physical one.

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  1. For a disaster recovery test, I took a Windows Server 2008 Standard x64 VMware virtual machine and recovered it to a physical server but the machine failed to boot when I was finished restoring the data.

    If you figure out a way to recover a 2008 VMware virtual to a physical machine, I would be very much interested in the steps required to do so.


  2. I did the same with the restored machine not booting
    backup was taken from a ML350 smartarray and restored to a whitebox
    thanks for any info related

    this was a small drp lab intent for a AD DC.

  3. Hi,

    Did you ever get to test a restore of a Windows 2008 .vhd backup to a Hyper-v Server. I have read in places that this can not be done reliably

    What is your opinion?

    many thanks,