Using Acronis to replace hard drive

I am just looking for a guide on how to fully and completely backup a Domain Controller and then completely restore it to a new hard drive. We have a trial version of Acronis True Image 10 which seems to be sufficient, however I cannot figure out how to restore from the backup once I have backed it up to a location on the network. Any guides or suggestions?
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
You need to boot from the Restore CD, then use that to rebuild from backup.  If you don't have a CD, I believe the software will help you create one.
Craig BowmanIT Services ManagerCommented:
I have attached the User's Guide for true image 10.0

agruber85Author Commented:
I am using Windows Server 2003 on this machine, so should I create a Windows PE bootable cd? And it has me choosing to download Windows PE components to make either a PE 1.0, PE 2.0, or PE 3.0. Which should I choose in this case?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
You can connect new drive to the server. Boot the server from Rescue CD and then clone the drive. Turn off the server, remove old drive and boot it from new drive.
BTW, there are cheaper solutions but still solid: Paragon Drive Backup 10 Server Edition.
Backup & Restore, Copy, migrate to dissimilar hardware etc etc.
Or free tool such as Clonezilla:
And finally, before you take backup (if this method is preferable) save System State via Windows backup. And only then take backup of partition or drive.
IMHO clone method is better. Or do you use RAID configuration?
agruber85Author Commented:
Am I creating a bootable CD or am I just backing up my server to CD's? sorry for the confusion...
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Get Drive Backup 10. It has WinPE2.1 already included plus there is Load Driver feature in WinPE when you boot from it. This is a very useful tool that allows loading driver for your RAID or network controller.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Boot CD is a CD you boot the machine from to perform necessary operation of recovery. Backup to CD is a different process that saves your images to CD\DVD.
You can save the image to network or external USB drive. Then boot the server from Boot CD and mount network share. Run restore wizard and point the wizard to image. Then to drive you want to restore the image to.
agruber85Author Commented:
ok noxcho, I think that the two tools that you provided are probably a better and cheaper solution, so I am probably going to go with one of those. But, I just wanted to clarify: Am I creating a bootable media or just backing up the information to CD's? or both? Is it feasible to backup to a location on the network?
agruber85Author Commented:
ahhhh, ok great that answers my questions perfectly. Would you recommend Drive Backup over Clonezilla? I am not really looking to pay for a solution, just use a free trial or something.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Ok. Step by step. When you purchase Drive Backup 10 you are sent download links. Two links contain 32 & 64bit installable versions of Drive Backup 10 Server.
And one link points to WinPE Recovery CD self burning ISO image. You need to download it and double click the exe file. It will burn itself to CD or DVD on your choice.
Then, you press Start - All programs - Accessories - System Tools - Ntbackup. Change to wizards - hit the big backup wizard key and save the state of the system. For DC this is important.
Then run Drive Backup 10 installed version and create backup of the drive to network or external USB Drive. The second one is my preferable choice because of the speed.
Then you turn off the machine. Connect new drive or configure new RAID. Boot the machine from WinPE Recovery CD you've made earlier and check if your RAID controller is detected by starting Drive Backup from the CD. If not you take one step back and start Load Driver wizard. Point it to USB flash drive or driver CD where drivers for your HDD controller are located.
If drive is detected no need to load drivers.
Then you start Restore wizard and point it to your image. Select restore parameters and hit Apply. Some time passes and restore is done. If the drive is absolutely new and has never been used in Windows - right click on it - Update MBR.
Boot to Windows.

Please tell me, is your config single HDD based or RAID based?

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agruber85Author Commented:
noxcho, you are truly the man...that is exactly what I was looking for. I am just so worried about making a mistake!
We have two hard drives that are mirrored. I do not believe they have RAID, they are just mirrors of eachother.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Would you recommend Drive Backup over Clonezilla? - Depends on your answer to my question.
Please tell me, is your config single HDD based or RAID based?
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Take screen shot of Windows Disk Management and post it here. I will tell you if it is RAID or not.
agruber85Author Commented:
Here is the Disk Management ss
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
It is hardware mirror RAID1. Clonezilla will not work here.
Get Drive Backup 10 Server and go through it.
And refer to my instructions.
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Clonezilla is mostly disk to disk cloning tool. And to use it you would need to build additional RAID1 of bigger drives.
Sure I must say you that drive exchanging is possible in RAID level too. But this is a bit tricky. You replace one HDD with bigger one let the RAID sync them. Then you replace the second one. The trap here is you cannot extend the volumes the way that allocates new space to existing volumes. Thus additional partitioning manipulations are needed.
agruber85Author Commented:
Should RAID sync them automatically? Or is this done in Disk Management?
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
As far as I know RAID syncs them automatically. This is when you use RAID menu.
But bear in mind, you will need to repartitioning the drive after sync.
Sometimes it is happen that new space is not detected as RAID takes since of smallest drive in pair.
Go on with Backup & restore.
agruber85Author Commented:
How do I access the RAID menu in order to make it sync automatically? Sorry for my ignorance, I am not the one who would normally be handlig these kinds of things, I was just thrust into this whole situation!
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
When you reboot the server there must be an invitation to press Ctrl + some key to enter RAID configuration menu. Do you get such?
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