I did a relatively quick Google in attempts to answer the following question, why doesn't Windows Server OS's include system restore, and was not able to find a direct answer to that question. Really people just suggesting questionable alternatives.
Does anyone know why Microsoft had omitted the feature in their server OS's?
Finally, is there something that can be used that functions as closely as possible to this feature that will work for Windows Server OS's 2003, 2008 and 2012?
I would like to use this instead of having to create golden images (OVFs) and monthly images of server VMs. Especially for servers that have not been virtualized.
It would give quite a bit of peace of mind for protecting against botched software installs messing up server registry hives and other system files. IE if you want to try out a new server grade antivirus program, but dont particularly trust that the install wont screw up a production server.