Windows Server 2008 Backup and Restore to Different Hardware
Posted on 2009-06-30
We are using the Server Backup feature in Windows Server 2008 standard editon with HyperV to do a "full server" backup of our production server. In the event of critical hardware failure (i.e., main system board for example), theft or fire, which requires the purchase of an entirely new server, is it possible to recover from these backups to an entirely new machine and for the subsequent recovered operating system to run smoothly. Also, if different hardware is used, must the hardware be very similiar or can it be markedly different, ie. different type of motherboard (and chipset), different number of processors, etc.