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Is there a way to clone Dell blade server M610.  I know HP has that option.  I don't think Dell does.  Please confirm.

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Any disk cloner should produce a copy of the operating system.  However, you'd need to unregister Windows and install a new OEM key to be legal with the copy on different hardware; and if there is anything in the system that Dell uses as a hardware key, including the NIC MAC address, the copy still might not work on the new hardware.
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acronis has a program called universal restore create a backup and then u can deploy the image across the network via SMB share
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Thank you guys.  I was more thinking on the HW level.  I know HP has a server blade cloning solution.  It's an optional though.  Not sure if Dell Blade servers mature enough for that.

Thanks again.
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try to use the advantage of RAID 1... unplug a disk and rebuild, provided that there is an Array controller on board. same scenario is applicable with HP servers.
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That's an interesting idea actually.  Remove the disk from one blade and move it to another and let the RAID-1 rebuild and go to the next and next blade..  Then only things need to change is a hostname and IP.
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yes indeed.. c",) if it is windows, sysprepping before cloning would minimize your SID issue. it would as well detect as a fresh installation. new hostnames and IP address.
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