Imaging win servers

Posted on 2011-10-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hi I am in the process of needing to image some win2003/2008 servers. I have a copy of acronis true image home 2011. Does anyone know If this will work properly on a win server. I have imaged a few servers by booting off the acronis disc and imaging the hdd's. This seem to work fine. I haven't had to restore one yet though. Acronis say the home Ed is not supported by win servers but I would have thought just imaging the hdd's would be ok. If anyone uses this product successfully please let me know.

Question by:rick81
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    Accepted Solution

    This should answer your question:

    Limitations on dynamic disks and GPT disks support in Acronis True Image Home 2010 Plus Pack and Acronis True Image Home 2011 Plus Pack:

    RAID-1 (Mirrored) and RAID-5 volumes are not supported. See also Acronis True Image Home: RAID Support;
    Creation of Acronis Secure Zone is not supported;
    Recovery of a dynamic volume as a dynamic volume with manual resizing is not supported;
    GPT disks can be recovered only "volume-to-volume" without the possibility of resizing;
    Try&Decide cannot be used for protecting dynamic and GPT disks;
    Clone disk operation is not supported for dynamic and GPT disks.
    Detailed information on recovery operations involving dynamic/GPT disks and volumes

    Acronis True Image Home supports recovery of dynamic volumes to the following locations on the local hard drives:
    to the original location (to the same dynamic volume)
    to another dynamic disk or volume
    to unallocated space of the dynamic group
    to a basic disk
    If a dynamic volume is recovered to unallocated space of the dynamic group, the type of the recovered volume will be the same as it was in the archive.

    Manual resizing of dynamic volumes during recovery to dynamic disks is not supported. If you need to resize a dynamic volume during recovery, it should be recovered to a basic disk.

    When performing a so called "bare-metal recovery" of dynamic volume(s) to a new unformatted disk, the recovered volumes become basic. If you want the recovered volumes to remain dynamic, prior to recovery the target disk(s) should be prepared (partitioned and formatted) using third-party tools, for example, Windows Disk Management snap-in (Start-Run -> compmgmt.msc).

    The target disk's partitioning scheme remains unchanged after recovery:
    if a GPT disk image is recovered over a GPT disk, the target disk remains a GPT disk
    if a GPT disk image is recovered over an MBR disk, the target disk remains an MBR disk
    if an MBR disk image is recovered over an MBR disk, the target disk remains an MBR disk
    if an MBR disk image is recovered over a GPT disk, the target disk becomes an MBR disk
    Recovery to unallocated space of a GPT disk is not supported.

    The target volume type does not change when recovering over an existing volume. Examples:
    When a dynamic volume is recovered over a basic volume, the target volume remains basic
    When a dynamic spanned volume is recovered over a dynamic striped volume, the target volume remains striped

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    Assisted Solution

    99.9% of all windows servers deployed in a commercial environment have redundant disk arrays this Acronis True Image home 2011 and even the plus back offered can only support dynamic disks. It does not support the backup and restore of RAID disks. This makes it impossible to use this application to backup servers unless the server does not have a redundant disk array and just uses one or two single hard drives outside a RAID environment.
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    Author Comment

    thank you for the quick responses.  ill bite the bullet and get the server ed.


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