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MIgrating SBS 2011 to new hardware, can I just backup and unbackup?

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My customer wants to migrate his existing Windows SBS 2011 with Exchange 2013 to better hardware so that it's more responsive. It is currently a Xeon system with 32 Gigs of ram. I want to move it to another Xeon based system, but with an SSD system and data drives. Thinking of having a 500Gig SSD as the System drive and two 960GB SSD drives (mirrored) as the data drives. There will also be a 6TB drive for backups.

Customer originally wanted to upgrade to new OS as well, but I think spending on two server 2012 R2 Essential licences, plus RDS CALs for 10 remote users, is a waste of money since SBS 2011 will still be supported for along time.

My question is, can I just create a system backup of SBS 2011 and Exchange 2013, and then restore to the new hardware? Should I try to use a cloning program like Acronis instead?

Do I need to worry about hardware compatibility issues? SBS 2011 is from 4 years ago and the hardware much newer.
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