I have a mission critical server, but not a big budget to spend on software.
I need to be able to clone this drive, and all the programs on it.
Preferably, to dissimilar hardware. I know Acronis offers a product, but I can't afford 1K for this software. I need a low cost solution, and I'm open to any recommendations.
When I try simple Windows backups, and restores, the installed programs, don't work on the restored drive.
If there is any other, less expensive options, like using a RAID drive, or using VMWare, then I would also consider that.
Thanks for any help or direction.