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How to do a bare metal restore of a windows server
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depends on how you have it backed up.  Many backup agents have a bootable CD that allows you to boot, connect to the backup server, and recover from the last complete image.  This can also happen from locally attached external storage as well, depending on the platform.  

A good example of a backup restore program is Acronis True Image.  They have a bootable CD that you can load up and recover from your backups.
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You have to have an entire system backup though, you cannot do a bare metal recovery from just having a file level backup.  You should have a regular backup scheme, maybe an entire system image once a month and incremental file backups on a weekly or daily basis.
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Thanks.  Good Answer, but I was looking for the actual procedure with screen shots answer on how to do a bare metal recovery for windows server 2008 r2.

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Are you using the built in windows server backup utility?
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Yes.
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Look the video here: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Backup_Restore/VP_432.html
Shows how to restore from a bare metal backup. For 2008 the procedure is pretty the same.
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I had a disaster of a windows 2008 r2 server.  I have a system image saved on the network share.  When I boot from the windows 2008 r2 server cd, and select repair pc, and then select system image, the server does not find image on network.  Don't I have to configure Network on the Server before I do the bare metal recovery from system image that I have on the Network?

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Depends on the NIC and the driver for in Windows installation DVD package.
If there is no driver - then you will not be able to see the network.
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what I was asking is if I can't see the NIC, before doing the repair from the Windows Installation DVD package and selecting repair and then selecting bare metal recovery, do I have to configure NIC drivers and tcpip settings, before I can select windows system image to repair from?

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Ok, yes, you need to configure the network, usually a driver is enough and the server registers itself in a network. If it fails to register you need to register it.
The image restore siggests itself to configure the network if it cannot browse the network.
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ok, thanks.

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You might also transfer the backup image to an external drive and connect it locally to the system for restore. This way you dont need to get network running from the windows boot cd. But its only a choice if the image can fit to an external drive easy.
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good video answer
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yes I saw it and picked it as the best solution.
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