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Can Server 2008 do an ASR backup

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I have several customers that use Backup Exec System Recovery for server imaging as a DR solution. I trust that it is a good program. Unfortunatly, I also have customers that do not have the budget for BESR.
In an effort to find a good solution for server imaging, I was wondering if Server 2008 can do an ASR backup and recovery like the 2003 server can? I know this is not actual imaging but is another solution. Otherwise, what would be a good imaging solution that is less than BESR. I can get BESR through Symantec for around $460 so it would need to be considerably less than that to make it worth the change.
Thanks in advance.
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Using Windows Server Backup, the tool can be used to create a full system image of all the volumes on the server. Microsoft have made it arguably easier to restore an entire server from a Windows Server Backup, compared to ASR in previous versions of Windows.

In the event you needed to restore, you would boot from the Windows Server media and launch the Windows Recovery Environment. This would then allow you to use the backup you made in Windows Server Backup to recover the whole server or just the system volumes.

See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc755163.aspx.

-Matt
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Thanks for the reply, Matt. Do I have to do anything special when I create the backup to create an image? There doesn't seem to be any options when using the new 2008 server backup.
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Windows Server Backup handles it all for you. You simply need to configure the backup to do a Full Server backup, and it will be ready to be used in a restore if ever necessary.

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Are there any inexpensive imaging sofware solutions that can be purchased that will work for 2003 and 2008?
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If you are looking for a true imaging suite, the Acronis suite of products are the only rock solid ones which I would recommend. The benefits to Acronis are many - but the neatest one is the ability to restore to virtually any hardware.

You will need to get the Server version, don't forget. http://www.acronis.com/

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