Backup and restore to different pc

I want to make backups of all pcs incase something ever happens. What is the best way to make these backups and restore later on in another pc if there model no longer exists.

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IT_FanaticAsked:
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
You can use the USMT (User State Migration Tool) from Microsoft if these are Windows machines.

http://www.wintools.com.au/download_usmt4.php
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TheEternalJourneymanCommented:
Hello,

May I ask a few questions that will pertain to the answers?

1. How many machines are we talking about?

2. What types of machines / Operating Systems are you wanting to backup?

3. Where do you intend to store these backups?

4. What is your budget?
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charlespanthCommented:
Hi,

As rightly said by eternal these are some questions that everyone of us wants to ask because without knowing we can only give you suggestions blindly.
If suppose you are having the Exchange environment then I suggest you that you can go in for the backups like NT backup, Veritas or Symantec backup tools which I think would be a great help to you but before that you must specify the details regarding the Windows Operating System, Exchange Server and Outlook configration that you are having.

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IT_FanaticAuthor Commented:
1. How many machines are we talking about? about 15

2. What types of machines / Operating Systems are you wanting to backup? dells, hps / Win xp, Win 7

3. Where do you intend to store these backups? External HDD

4. What is your budget? Not given
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
USMT is free and will easily backup to your external HDD and it won't matter if the computer you are restoring the data to is the same make/model or not.
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IT_FanaticAuthor Commented:
ScottCha is there a good guide somewhere for this?

Does that work not only for computers but servers as well?
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd560801(v=ws.10).aspx

It should backup user's data on a server as well.
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TheEternalJourneymanCommented:
I have yet further questions.

Do you have a server for this office?
If so, could you relocate user files to the server?
(Folder redirection, roaming profiles, etc..)

This would de-link user data from the machine, leaving you only the system state and software/settings to backup.

In this situation, a monthly, bi weekly, or weekly backup using Acronis to an external Hard Drive would work well for the workstations.  These backups could then be restored to disimilar hardware.  Plus at least a nightly backup of all server stored user files.
(Lots of walkthrough's on how to get this done all over youtube and its pretty simple.)

If you have no server to centralize data on, then the same backups will have to occur much more frequently.

Also, it never hurts to have a good recent Belarc snapshot of each PC you admin.

Do you have an offsite backup in mind?
I use Mozy, Crashplan or Sugersync for the majority of my clients, depending on their needs.
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IT_FanaticAuthor Commented:
does Acronis do dissimilar backups?
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IT_FanaticAuthor Commented:
USMT is ok
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