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Windows Server 2008R2 native image backup


In an effort to reduce costs to my ever-shrinking budget, I was thinking of using the native 2008r2 image backup and placing the image on my SAN every week.  Has anyone used this extensively?  If so, can this image be placed on dissimiliar hardware?  Are there any other gotchas?


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Backups should be stored offsite, so placing them on a SAN isn't a good idea in my point of view. Use external disks which you can remove from the server and store at a different location, if you are going to use the built in backup tool.

It can't be placed on dissimilar hardware, at least not easily. First if you are running an OEM version of the OS, it is mandatory to use the same hardware for a restore.

If you are running the Server as a Virtual Machine (under ESXi server for example), then you can restore the backup to any other ESXi server, so then it is hardware independent. There are 3rd party tools available like Paragon's adaptive restore utility, which can prepare a system you restored to other hardware for this new hardware.

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