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Cloning NT4 Workstation using current available software

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Hi there,

I need to clone an NT4 workstation. My usual weapon of choice would be Acronis True Image, but I dont believe the current version will work on NT.

Help!
Anthony

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Acronis should be able to image NT - if it doesn't install, then install it on a different system and make a boot CD - the boot CD should work on the NT4 box (the file system is NTFS, so it really shouldn't matter - though you'd need to run the appropriate sysprep on it.
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Isn't the problem with NT4 that it doesn't have a hardware redetect stage (unlike '98 2K and XP etc) so unless the clone is applied to an identical hardware configuration it will fail? Maybe this has been overcome in the current version. If you are intending to restore the same machine it shouldn't be an issue.
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Actually, NT4, as I recall, was more hardware forgiving than 2K and XP - Not much more, but a little.  You would still need to use Sysprep if this were for anything other than individual system backup.  But since the file system is NTFS, Acronis doesn't care what's on the file system - boot off a CD and it should be able to back it up without a problem (if it doesn't install).
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Will try the Acronis boot CD soon. It's being images to go onto identical hardware as a backup.

Can you see any problems with the 2009 workstation edition for this?
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Thanks for that, it didnt seem to be documented anywhere with Acronis. Getting it installed in the first place was a bit of a pain. I havent installed the workstation version of Acronis in a good while, had to install the license server on the network and insert the key first, after that all was good.
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