Disaster Recovery - How Can I Restore Windows 2008 R2 Server Bare-Metal Backup to Hyper-V VM?
Posted on 2014-03-13
I am continuing to work on disaster recovery plan for a small business. I have purchased ShadowProtect license to use for the server that runs SBS 2011 with Exchange, and that part of the plan is settled. There are two other primary application servers in use for the business, and they are identical hardware machines running MS 2008 R2 Server Standard. The storage driver in use is Intel ICH8R/ICH9R/ICH10R/DO/PCH SATA RAID Controller, using a RAID 5 volume. I am performing a nightly bare-metal (full) backup of each server using the built-in Windows Backup.
I would like to be able to restore these bare-metal backups to a Hyper-V VM in a separate 2008 R2 server I have rebuilt specifically for this purpose, in the event that either server goes down, so that I can quickly recover temporarily while I repair the main server. This rebuilt "Host" server shows two storage drivers: Intel C600+/C220+ series chipset SATA RAID Controller, and a Microsoft VHD HBA Controller (I assume for the virtual machines) This machine's physical array is a RAID 1 mirror volume.
There is plenty of disk space in the Host server, and I have created a virtual hard disk of 1.5 TB to use with the virtual machine. I am in the testing phase now, and I am able to create a VM that works, and I have performed successfully a restore from the bare-metal backup from one of my main servers. However when it tries to boot after the restore there is an error right away, and I have seen the BOSD error ending in 7B that indicates the wrong mass storage driver is loaded.
I have done exhaustive Google searches, and there are many articles that reference this problem, however I have found none with a solution that works for me. I have tried using the repair console to use the command line, and loaded the registry hive, and tried to change some of the controller "Start" settings to "0" for the intelide, LSI-SAS, etc. entries that I found in one article. This method has not helped so far, unless I am just missing the right combination of settings.
Does anyone know if what I am trying can even be done successfully? If so, is there any available information to tell me what to do using my particular hardware configurations? This seems like it would be a really good solution for me if I can get it to work... our budget does not allow for me to purchase the two additional licenses of ShadowProtect right now, so I am trying to seek a more affordable solution.
I know I can use my rebuilt Host machine as a physical replacement if needed for either of these other servers, as I have been able to restore the Windows bare-metal backups to the physical hardware, but it would be much easier and cleaner if I could use a Hyper-V VM instead. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!