Windows 2003 vs 2008

Posted on 2011-03-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-11

can I create a full system backup under windows 2003 server, then if something happens to this server, can I restore the full system backup on other different server (hardware is not the same)?

how about in Windows 2008, Can I do that as well? if server is different, Can I restore the system backup to others?

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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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In 2003, the built-in backup tool CANNOT restore to dissimilar hardware.  You can use third party products, such as ShadowProtect, Acronis, and others that support restoring to dissimilar hardware.

In 2008 and later, the backup that's built in is an image based backup and 2008 and later (including Vista and Win7) can USUALLY be restored to dissimilar hardware.

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thanks Leew, can the BackupExec backup the full system image in windows 2003, then restore this full image in a different server?
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by:Lee W, MVP
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If you have the right add-on (sorry, don't recall what it's called) yes, but base product out of the box, no.
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hi leew, if I upgrade my current Windows 2003 to 2008, can I just use the build in backup function to create backup to tape, then i can get rid of the backupexec?
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by:Lee W, MVP
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no, 2008 no longer supports tape directly.  if you use 2008, you still need a third party backup program (such as backup exec) to support backup to tape.

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