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recommended image software for desktops/laptops and servers

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what are some of the recommended image software for desktop/laptop and servers?
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For servers I'd recommend Storagecraft's Shadowprotect. It is the best backup software around. If you are using VMware ESXi or m$ Hyper-V, then you should also be looking at Veeam.

In a server environment there is usually not much point in also backing up the PC's, as everything is stored on the servers anyway and not locally on the PC's, and you'd have a deployment system in place to quickly rebuild PC's anyway, like m$'s mdt.

But if you really do need to image individual PC's, you can use what is already built into the OS. Or paragon's Hard disk manager:

https://paragon-software.com/small-business/

This of course assumes you are in an m$ environment.
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How about true image? Are they good for servers imaging?
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I don't use Acronis products. I don't think they are as good as either Paragon or Storagecraft, and yet it is more expensive than Paragon.
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For storage craft or paragon, can we image it and restore on another new machine not with the same hardware configuration?
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Yes, both products support restores to different hardware. But you will still have to make sure you conform to the OS's licensing agreements. For example if you want to restore an OEM version of an m$ OS to another hardware, you aren't allowed to do that (unless you live in some European countries). The OS won't activate on the new hardware.
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