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I have Norton Ghost and would like to have a backup of an AD Member server which currently resides on faulty hardware. Question is: what are my options and how do I go about it? I can restore to another machine with same hardware or restore to a new machine altogether.
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Yes this will work. You must have the exact hardware or use a virtual machine to restore.
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Ghost creates an exact duplicate and the duplicate is quite often hardware dependent.  You will want to ensure you have identical hardware when installing the new ghosted hard drive onto a new system.  That being said, this is how I would ghost it.

As for how to ghost it, if your current computer still boots you could create a boot disk and hook a secondary hard drive up to it and ghost it directly through the norton ghost boot menu.

If it no longer boots I would install a fresh drive and the drive you wish to ghost on a working machine.  Install ghost on the working machine and configure it to ghost the two drives you installed.  Norton should be able to see hidden primary drives when configuring the duplication.
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As an alternative you can also use the Windows onboard Backup Tool:
http://www.petri.co.il/backup-windows-server-2003-active-directory.htm
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Just to know:
There are also hardware independent Backup software like  ShadowProtect.
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If you use Acronis Backup and Recovery Server with the Universal Restore option, you can backup and restore to Bare Metal.
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if you want something for FREE, try Drive Snapshot http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/, it will backup hot or cold, if backing up a DC, probably best to backup cold, (shutdown DC), boot from CDROM, using BartPE with Drive Snapshot Plugin, backup to file share, and restore to similiar hardware.

Job done for free.

If you've not got identical hardware, try Acronis option as mentioned.
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So, by using Ghost, I would need to recover to an exact drive/hardware?

Thank you for the other software recommendations, I am looking into them. Right now, I am currently stuck with Ghost
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If I add an external drive to the problem server I am trying to backup/clone/copy, how would I use Ghost to back up that client to that external drive connected to it?

Thanks for all the feedback!
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Yes, with Ghost you need to restore the the exact same hardware.

To be honest, Symantec haven't really done much with Ghost since purchasing it. I think it's a dead product, because they sell Backup Exec with System Recovery which is their Bare Metal Product.

Acronis have really developed a very good product and are very strong in this area of cloning and deploying.
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