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SBS 2008 -2011 disaster recovery in Hyper V

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Hi,
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.
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Cliff Galiher earned 2000 total points
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You must go through the restore process. A VHD file is just a generic container (quite an old format actually) and different programs can store different metadata within that container in addition to the actual data. Windows Server Backup stores data important to its restore process, and Hyper-V stores data important to how it accesses the VHD. They are *not* interchangeable. Furthermore, because SBS is a domain controller, it is the restore process that indicates whether AD objects are "authoritative" and attempting to skip that can cause problems. It is the same reason why Hyper-V snapshots of DCs is a bad idea.

-Cliff
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Thanks, Apologies for the late response.
The restore process didn't take long after all.
 Thanks again.
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