Need to restore backup of physical macine to VMWare VM

Gary Dewrell
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Due to hardware failure I need to restore a backup of a physical box to a VM.
I created the new VM using the same OS (Server 2003 Standard)
I restored the backups to the VMs But now I get
I first got a "load needed DLLs for hal"
I managed to get a copy of the hal for the fresh stage and copied it to the VM.
Now I get "Corrupt or missing c:\windows\system32\"

Any help would be appreciated.
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Top Expert 2009

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What kind of backup is that? What software?
Gary DewrellSenior Network Administrator

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EMC Avamar Disk Backup Solution.

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The restored OS will see the VM as new hardware.  You could do a repair install but imho you'd be better doing a fresh install and just restoring whatever data files you needed as a separate thing.
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Top Expert 2010
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I use Avamar as well "gdewrell". How are you doing the restore to the VM? Are you restoring the system state?...what else? The HALs would be different, but I guess I'm not sure why that is a problem, I guess besides the apps seeing different hardware, etc. Otherwise, files are files. Do you need to do a system state restore? Can you just restore the data needed?

Regards,
~coolsport00
Gary DewrellSenior Network Administrator

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We got it up for the most part. Having some weird application errors but we are working on it.
I think what we were doing wrong was not setting the overwrite option in Avamar when doing the OS restore.

Thanks guys.
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Ah..yes, that could very well be it.

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