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Windows 2008 SBS backup, how restore another computer?

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Is there any way restore server backup to another computer (workstation)?
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It is possible to restore an SBS backup to an identical machine but you need to use third party imaging software like Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery Small Business Server / Acronis True Image Small Business Server.  The built-in software won't work.

http://www.symantec.com/business/backup-exec-system-recovery-windows-small-business-server-edition

http://www.acronis.com/smb/products/ATISBS/

With these sorts of software, you can perform a recovery to different hardware, although it is not just a case of backup old server and restore to new server.

The reason for the issues is the hardware will probably be different, the disk controllers might be different and Windows will have all the old hardware information built-in to the system configuration, so when you change hardware, the configuration will be as per the old hardware and may not work.
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by:ormerodrutter
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I think it depends on what you want to restore. If it is just ordinary files then yes you can restore them onto a Windows7 machine (don't restore to XP as the XP uses NTBackup, which is different to SBS2008. Not sure about Vista though).
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by:rajatkondal
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Yes , there are ways.

what backup solution are you using. Or are you using SBS backup or windows backup ?
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by:Raikka_
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SBS backup
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by:rajatkondal
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Whats the new hardware and OS you are restoring to please?
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by:Raikka_
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There migth be some files, not all data to Windows 7 Pro or Windows XP Pro
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Hardware is Dell 760 or 780
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This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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