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Acronis True image server 9.1 - restore different hardware

Hi all,

I was just testing a live server backup/restore to different hardware using Acronis True Image Server 9.1 (trial).

While restoring the live server image (and thus waiting) i read on the Acronis website they have Acronis Univeral Restore so you can restore to different hardware.

Once the restore of the non-univeral image was done to the other machine, it booted perfectly but all original live server drivers where removed (no networking, graphics drivers, ...). This is perfect since this was the solution what i was searching for kinda.

The question is now, why do you need the universal restore then if the normal way to restore an Acronis image also can accomplish  a restore to different hardware (that is without drivers installed)?

2nd question while i'm at it, during the restore procedure of the image, if i wanted to restore the image and selected also to restore the MBR/Track 0 i was not able to select the destination disk. So i de-selected the MBR restore and only marked the partition to restore and then flagged the destination partition as an Active partition. What is the reason the dest. partition is disabled to select if the MBR restore is marked?

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_Forgotten_Commented:
When you make the image...you dont make a "universal image"

The universal part only kicks in during the restore.

Note that universal restore is NOT part of the trial version.  I hope this helps
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techneitsolutionsAuthor Commented:

Okay. But i wonder i did a standard restore (without the universal plugin) to different hardware and it works but without any drivers. What is the use then of the universal plugin you can buy? Maybe it includes more drivers and support then the default way to create the boot iso.

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_Forgotten_Commented:
No I dont think thats it really.  I would think of it like replacing a motherboard.  Sometimes when you replace one motherboard with another that is a different model, typically the machine will bluescreening doing boot up.  Then you just do a repair install of windows and everything is usually ok.

However, I have heard that its not the best to do a repair install of server type OS's.  (Someone told me why but I dont remember)  I think it has something to do with exchange.  Thats hwere universal restore comes in.  It allows you to specify drivers so that your machine can boot normally on different hardware.

In your case, it kinda works like this....

Sometimes when you replace a motherboard in a machine, the machine will still boot and you dont have to do anything but install drivers and reactivate.  It doesnt happen often, but it does happen.  So i guess in a sense, u just got lucky.  Thats why it worked for you.
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techneitsolutionsAuthor Commented:
Could be the solution. I will test this one on a virtual machine and see if that also boots after the restore.
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_Forgotten_Commented:
make sure the VM has different hardware :)

I have replaced alot of Dell Motherbords with industry standard boards.  I have seen this behavior many times

As for your MRB question, I am sure it has something to do with the MBR already knowing the dest partition, so its not feesable to select it.  Under most sonditions, you wouldnt select it anyway.
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techneitsolutionsAuthor Commented:
Restore to a vm seems to work. The VM is different hardware. I just used Virtual Server 2005 and the original server's hardware has an ASUS mobo.

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_Forgotten_Commented:
I promise you, you are just getting lucky.  8 times out of 10 when you image to different hardware, or replace a motherboard, it will not boot.  Especially in commercial machines like dell and gatway.

Have a look here

http://translocator.ws/2005/10/30/win-2000-xp-fails-after-replacing-mobo

http://www.geek.com/forums/topic.php?id=30640&page
(From above link
I installed the motherboard and the computer powered up. I got a Asus menu and I stayed with the default settings. I exited the menu and I ended up with a blue screen saying it encountered a problem and windows would not start. I tried starting normally and in safe mode but the same screen keeps coming up. It recomended checking for viruses and removing any new hardware or hardware controlling devices. This is as far as I could get. Could this be the harddrive rejecting the motherboard because it's not a Dell motherboard? If this is the case what would be the next step?

Thanks Again!)

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/590205-windows-xcp-wont-boot-up.html

Hope this helps
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techneitsolutionsAuthor Commented:
So the safest option to go is to buy the universal plugin and create a universal boot cd when trying to restore to different hardware.

My guess is with the VM, it also booted perfectly since it is uses a common intel chipset to emulate the hardware.

I've seen several cases with Norton Ghost that suffered the same issues with BSOD screens and incompatibility between different hardware platforms. So far, Acronis looks more compatible when restoring to different hardware.

Thx for the advise :)
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