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How to perform System State backup on Windows 2008 R2?

Last Modified: 2012-08-15
Points of My Scenario:
1. I am Windows updates admin of a Windows domain.
2. There are 30+ single-drive Win2008 R2 virtual machines.
3. I need to perform system-state backup on these single-drive servers - before performing Windows updates.
How do I perform a systemstate backup to the system drive (C:)? I am open to 3rd-party lightweight [free] utilities - but prefer the OS builtin options.
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