Restore Window server on other hardware

We have serveral Window 2003, 2008 & 2010 servers installed with different application. We are looking for a backup/restore solution such that the backup copy can be restored on different server.

Any tool or software that can support this ?

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wolfcamelCommented:
I use storage craft shadow protect - which has very good restore options for different hardware.
I know a lot of others use acronis, and backup exec also has restore to different hardware, but I have found storage craft the easiest.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Yes, Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12: http://www.paragon-software.com/small-business/
With its WinPE and Adjust OS feature you will get what you need.
You take backup of your disk on one machine then restore it to completely different machine.
After that you run on restored machine - Adjust OS wizard, provide it drivers on USB pen drive if needed and you are ready to start.
Look this article: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Backup_Restore/A_2569-Migration-to-dissimilar-hardware-How-to-migrate-to-new-hardware-without-OS-reinstallation.html
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AXISHKAuthor Commented:
Does all these software need to install on the servers ? I don't want to install anything on the servers if possible.

Is it possible do the backup over the network ? hence, i can schedule to do this remotely.

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wolfcamelCommented:
storage craft have an "IT Edition" that runs off a usb for one off backups/restores without any installation.

However to do remotely you really need to have the software RUNNING on the server to backup - so you could VNC or Remote desktop or teamviewer etc to the server to start the software.

Best bet is to install it .

Storage craft will make incremental backups as often as every 15minutes of just the changed data. It really is superb.
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AXISHKAuthor Commented:
To test my understanding, using usb need to physically visit the server and there is a down time.

If we install the storage craft on the server, we can save the backup copy over a network drive.

Correct ?

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wolfcamelCommented:
yep - install on the server - backup destination can be a network share - typically I either use a small NAS or a PC with a few HDDS in it. Then there is additional software that can sync the backups offsite if needed.
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wolfcamelCommented:
oh - and there is no downtime during backups.
The only downtime you will have is if you install you will need to do one reboot.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Hard Disk Manager can do backup from Boot USB stick or from installed copy. Network or local drive as targen on your select.
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lindentoCommented:
Have you thought about virtualizing the servers even if you just in the end virtulize them to the same hardware, if you backup the VM it is easily restored to different hardware as long as
the hypervisor is the same.
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