Server Backup in Windows 2008 Server Standard

sglee
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Does Windows Server 2008 Standard have the same features like the following:
(1) Backing up "System Image"
(2) Creating a repair disc that can be used to restore "system image" in case a hard drive failure.

Windows 7 comes with the features above and I wonder if I can expect the same from Windows 2008 Server Backup.
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noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009
Commented:
The answers to your questions are: yes and yes.
With server backup you can take image of the server. And create the boot CD to restore from this image later.
Also the restore can be done via the installation DVD of Windows 2008 - repair.
Yes, Windows 2008 has a utility called Windows Server Backup.  You can find out more information on installing and using it here.
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Commented:
Hi,

Full details about 2008 server backup, please have a look at this MS thread http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770266(v=ws.10).aspx

Hope this helps
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Commented:
Windows Server BackupDuring backup setup process, I saw "System State" option along with the drives to backup.
So I can backup the image.
But I noticed that I did not have the option to backup to "network shared folder". Is that the case with Windows 2008 Standard? Do you have to have a local USB HD?

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Commented:
Backup OptionI found "Network Backup" option when I chose "Backup Once". It is strange that "Network Backup" is only available thru "Backup Once" option.

Another question:
Which option should I choose "VSS Copy Backup(recommended/default selection)" or "VSS Full Backup"?
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009
Commented:
Use full backup. It will create a vhd file with backup of your data and partition structure. App logs such as Exchange will be cleared up after backup is done to free up the space.

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Commented:
why would MS suggest "VSS Copy Backup(recommended/default selection)" ?
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009
Commented:
For the sake of storage space. With Copy selected you leave a chance for application based backup software to run incremental backups.
In case you select full backup then all the logs from Exchange will be deleted after full backup. But third party backup software uses these logs to create incremental backup for example.
And you did not say that you use there some backup solution which is not from MS.
Read more about: http://blogs.technet.com/b/filecab/archive/2008/05/21/what-is-the-difference-between-vss-full-backup-and-vss-copy-backup-in-windows-server-2008.aspx

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Commented:
Backup ResultIt completed the backup successfully, however I don't see "Image" or "System State" mentioned in the summary. Is that normal?
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
Yes, thats normal.

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Commented:
When I restore the entire HD image from the backup, how do I do that?
It seems Windows 2008 server OS does not have an option to create "Recovery Disc".
Do I need to insert Windows 2008 Server CD in order to see "Restore Image" option like SBS2011?
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
If you backup entire HDD then you boot from Windows 2008 Server DVD and select Recovery - then select Restore from backup and point to the backup image. It detects itself what kind of image it is and restores it as is.
If you want it more simple and flexible then look on third party backup & recovery tools. They are much simpler to use.
Something like Paragon Hard Disk Manager Server Basic ver.14: https://www.paragon-software.de/small-business/hdm-business/
You get here all features you need.

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Thanks for the information.

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