making an image of windows7 machine and copying onto windows 2012 server

Hi,
we have a windows7 machine on our network that runs a software that is fairly critical to the business but the pc itself if it
were to have drive failure doesnt have any other backup besides the local backup on its own hard drive.  My question is, would it be possible to make a virtual image of this machine and place it on one of our 2012 servers so that if it were to crash, we could still run the machine using the virtual image on the 2012 server?  I know when we purchased the 2012 servers that we had 2 hyper-v machines allowed for each server.  Is this even the same thing?  Or if anyone knows of a better disaster recovery plan to implement for this windows7 machine.  Thanks.
dankyle67Asked:
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VB ITSSpecialist ConsultantCommented:
The two virtual licenses that come with a single Windows Server 2012 key can only be used for Server 2012 Virtual Machines. I believe you can also downgrade to 2008 R2 VMs as well, but I stand to be corrected.
In other words, could i not create a windows7 vm on the windows 2012 server and simply copy the setup along with the data of the physical win7 running the app we need so that in the event of a hardware or specifically disk failure, we could then bring up the win7 virtual machine on the windows 2012 server and restore the backup of the data from the barracuda backups?
You can still create a Windows 7 VM but you will need to supply your own license key for it. The two licenses you mention in your above comment only apply to the same version of Windows Server 2012 or 2008 (if you have downgrade rights).
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
The virtualization rights that are granted with most versions of windows server do *not* cover client OSes like Win7. That scenario is known as VDI and has some complicate licensing around it.  Realistically, given the situation you have, I'd recommend just investing in a good backup program that can do "hardware independent restores" (HIR) and test restoring your backups every few months to make sure you have a machine handy that is compatible.  There are several good HIR backup utilities out there. I'm partial to StorageCraft's product myself, but that is just an example.
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MacleanSystem EngineerCommented:
Yes you can, but as pointed out by Cliff check you licensing. If the license is a VLK just make a ghost image and restore it to a new hard drive.

Another option might be that if the workstation supports RAID, add a 2nd drive and have it mirror the data.
Or simply make an image of the existing drive and replace it with a new drive on which you can restore the image.
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dankyle67Author Commented:
We have a barracuda backup appliance onsite that i installed which is set to back up the win7 machine so the data is no problem but i just thought that since we had purchased the windows 2012 server which included 2 virtual machines so i thought we could make use of this but are you saying this is not possible with the win7 machine we have?  In other words, could i not create a windows7 vm on the windows 2012 server and simply copy the setup along with the data of the physical win7 running the app we need so that in the event of a hardware or specifically disk failure, we could then bring up the win7 virtual machine on the windows 2012 server and restore the backup of the data from the barracuda backups?
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