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Cloning a Windows Server 2003 drive

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.
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James Powell
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James Powell
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pjamCommented:
You can definitely use PtoV vmware converter.  But you need an ESXi server to put it on when finished.
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James PowellAuthor Commented:
Oh...thanks for the recommendation.  We currently have an under utilized VMware server...Is PtoV is a stand alone utility or program?
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ceo_techCommented:
Acronis imaging software, i have been using it for years...You will be happy with the results
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Mohammed KhawajaCommented:
P2V is done using VMware Converter.  Ensure all application services (i.e. SQL, Exchange, etc is stopped when you do this).
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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
Paragon Partition Manager Server version will do it and not cost that much
http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/components/pm-server/download.html
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James PowellAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the information.  I will need to test this out and see if it works for us.  thanks again.
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