Windows Server Backup Recover

At the moment I have a domain controller in a device that has no disk array for the care to see implemented an Exchange 2010 server in my infrastructure I feel the need to move the data from this domain controller to a server that would provide me disk redundancy. The question is I can recover a full backup of the server is in production and get it back on new hardware.
My both operating systems are Windows Server 2008 R2 64 BIT
ConectadoAsked:
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NetfloCommented:
Hi Conectado,

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the question is not quite clear. I believe you have two servers, one with no RAID and another with RAID. You have a domain controller sitting on the non RAID server and you wish to take a full server backup and restore it to dissimilar hardware.

Though you can move the data across in terms of user data and profiles, simply picking up a server backup and restoring everything including system state (registry, AD, etc), this will not be possible. Infact it will restore but the chances are it will not boot or it may blue screen.

You would need to check whether your RAID card on the other server needs drivers from the manufactures website, as you may be lucky and it will be in the OS.

Microsoft do outline how to do this sort of recovery in the following MS KB http://support.microsoft.com/kb/249694 but I would note that what you're trying to do is not supported.

The easiest way would be to use third party imaging software, such as Acronis with Universal Recovery or Symantec Backupexec System Recovery. Not a cheap option but works 100%!

Best of luck!
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