SBS 2008 -2011 disaster recovery in Hyper V
Posted on 2014-03-06
I am doing a disaster recovery test.
Amongst other VM's I have a 2008 SBS that is backing up using its built in backup to USB (over the network).
I am trying to come up with the simplest and most economical way to restore a failed SBS to another Hyper V host.
The Hyper host is 2008 R2 (the 'free version'). I am not going to export config files, I rather recreate the guest from scratch.
I have documented the guest hardware settings and have full successful backups of the sbs.
I can see that the sbs creates 2 VHD files as well as numerous xml files during its backup.
Could I just copy those vhd's attach them to my new Hyper V guest and am done? or do I need to go through the proper sbs recovery process? (i.e insert disc, etc)
Although we have identical hardware available, if the places goes up in flames rather than simple hardware failure then I may have to restore to dissimilar hardware.