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How to clone MS Windows 2008 R2 64-bit Server?

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This is to clone the both drives: C: and D: drives on the win2008 r2 server. I don't have any cloning software in hand. BTW, can I use Clonezilla to clone it? or any way to download free version or 30-day trial copies of acronis of partition magic in the Internet? If Clonezilla is workable, please show step-by-step.

Thanks in advance.
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It depends mainly on whether the RAID controller is properly recognized. Just boot the Server using the PartedMagic LiveCD, and if it sees the HD's as an array and not the individual HD's, just start CloneZilla from the PartedMagic menu, System Tools. After that the tool goes "step by step" itself and is self explanatory, I don't think it needs much help at this point. It is probably better to ask once you get to a point you don't understand...

It might also be more practical to Image, then restore the image to the 2nd server, but also that can be done with CloneZilla and is self explanatory when you select it.

One thing you'll have to consider is that your "Cloned" server will have the same ID's, IP'c etc., so if you are cloning for the purpose of using the 2 servers alongside each other you will need to do some reconfiguration for them to not cause problems. If on the other hand your intention for cloning is because you are moving the OS to new hardware, there shouldn't be much of an issue (of course the drivers on the new hardware will probably be different. Also if it is just a backup for disaster recovery there should also be no issue:

http://partedmagic.com

Server 2008 also has it's own builtin backup utility that is image based, by the way. So for backup purposes you could also use that...

Paragon has very good utilities for Cloning and Migration. Although those aren't free for Server OS's, they are the least expensive. As far as I know you can get fully functional trials, but you do have to register, and it'll take 1 or 2 days until they have processed the registration and send you the download links and keys:

http://www.paragon-software.com/business/db-server/
http://www.paragon-software.com/products/business/

An advantage of those products is that they include migration tools.
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There is any reason for which you don't want to use the "included" backup utility and then "restore" it on another machine?... :)
Except the  "multicasting" option of some 3rd party utilities the backup could be done over the network (if needed) and also restore through the network.

The rest of "warnings" regarding Computer Name, IP's, etc. were already explained by rindi.
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You didn't clarify if you want to clone it on the same machine or clone it to dissimilar hardware. This is important. So please provide additional info.
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Just to restore if any thing happens to my server...
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For that I'd just use the builtin backup utility.
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Yeah, built in Windows Backup tool must serve ok. It will save the backup into vhd file and let you restore in case something goes wrong. Cloning is not the best approach IMO.
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