Compatible hardware to recover an Acronis image of a UEFI based IBM server

Posted on 2014-12-15
Last Modified: 2016-10-27
Hi, I have a UEFI based server IBM System x3650 M3 (MS Server 2008 R2, two GPT partitioned drives) which gets backed up by Acronis Backup for Windows Server.

I need to find a physical server that I could restore this image to. Can anyone please recommend one that would definitely work and wouldn't cost too much. An identical IBM machine is unfortunately very expensive and a bit hard to get by in the UK.

I do not want to restore into virtual.
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ID: 40502122
Any server should be ok. If you use their Universal Restore feature then it must boot from new server as well.
Just make sure that new machine supports UEFI boot.

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ID: 40502162
Would there be any specific machine you would go for?
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ID: 40502185
Depends on the purpose of this server and your budget.
I am using one of these supermicros:
If your budget allows it look on HP Gen9 servers or Dell PowerEdge Family. Your main requirement is UEFI boot feature.
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Author Comment

ID: 40502195
That might be a bit of an overkill for a machine that will most likely never get turned on. It will sit on our DR site, ready for emergencies. We are required by some UK regulation to have it.

I was thinking about something along these lines:
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ID: 40502292
Looks good. I looked into the specs and it does support the UEFI. You can even restore the backup as standard MBR drive and disable UEFI boot on this server if the system drive on IBM is not bigger than 2TB. Should work as well.

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ID: 40502353
Yeah, I've already asked them for a quote on additional disk and a better RAID card. Hopefully that is going to be the ONE! ;-)

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