Clone Windows 2008 Server

anovaes
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HI,
I´d like to clone my Windows 2008 Server and load it in another machine.  What is the best practice to get that?
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Is the Windows Server 2008 Server a physical or Virtual machine ?

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Physical machine.
I notice that you've included this in the V<Ware zone.  Does that mean you're running 2008 inside a VM?  In that case, just turn off the VM and copy the folder containing the VM.

If it's a real machine, and you're moving it to a similar computer, you'll want to use sysprep, then an imaging program like Ghost or Acronis.

If it's a real machine and moving to a dissimilar machine, then you'll want to use syspart and an imaging program, or a fancy imaging program that can remove the HAL.
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It´s a physical machine and I´m gonna copy it to a different machine.  I´m worried about hardware drivers and how imaging program will work with raid technology.
Hayes JupeIT Director

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best practice is to migrate, not clone. (ie build new server, move the apps/databases etc across)
If you must clone (which is rarely the case) use one of the 3rd party cloning tools around - there's plenty of them.

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I have done that with Acronis Universal restore.  It was succesful at the end, but PAIN!  You will have to readjust all the drivers.  I agree cloning is not the best solution or what you described.
Will you decommission your Physical Server once the cloning has been completed ?

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No.  I won´t do that.  Why?  I just wanna create a test environment.

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So.  If cloning is not the best practice, may I build a new server and restore system state from my production server?  I have a 3rd party tool (ArcServe).
What is this Server currently hosting ? (Domain Controller, Application Server)
Hayes JupeIT Director

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why on earth would you restore system state?
So because your a competent network admin, you have written and tested procedures (if not automated installs) on how to install all your applications and likewise for restoring data to those applications - so just follow them!
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hi anovaes,

if you want to restore a fullbackup of any windows backup from arcserve to alternate server what you need to do is install the os and then install the client agent for windows on that system and restore the C: drive first and then the System State.

If this is a DC that you want to restore to alternate machine, then you would need to perform the restore in Directory Services Restore Mode(DSRM).

As you want to bring up this machine in a test environment ensure that the network switch to which the machine will be connected is not on your production environment.

And also while restoring best would be to connect the backup server to the isolated network or install arcserve on a box in the isolated network, merge the tape information and then perform the restore.

If you restore the system state to a machine which has a different hardware then it might result in BSOD and you may need to install all the required drivers in Safe mode.

The process would be a little easy if you have the Disaster Recovery option installed as it gives you the leverage to add any additional drivers that are required for the additional/new hardware on the new system where you are performing the restore.

regards
bhanu

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It is a domain controller.
Is this the only Domain Controller in the Domain ?

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Hi,
I want to create a small LAN (about 18 client computers).  I´d like to install Windows 2003 Server, Exchange Server 2007 and host my website.  I just have one server (Intel Xeon, HD 500GB, 4GB RAM, RAID 1).  My website just run PHP files.  I´m not sure if this server would run all this services without problems.  The problem is that I don´t have another machine to use.  What would you advise?  May I install all of them in just one server?
Thanks.

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