Disaster recovery

We've got an ageing SBS2008 server. We use the SBS Backup onto USB drives and it works quite well for us. However SBS is no longer a current OS. If we were to have a disaster and had to install a new 2016 server for instance, would we able to restore our sbs backups and get our data back?
Merlin-EngWorks ManagerAsked:
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Pushpakumara MahagamageVPCommented:
Yes. you can restore SQL server earlier version backup to newer version SQL server. take valuable data out. and change compatibility mode. and run execute index rebuild and statistic update.
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Merlin-EngWorks ManagerAuthor Commented:
Hi, thanks for the reply, but i'm not just talking about sql server, i'm talking about our general file system also.
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Pushpakumara MahagamageVPCommented:
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Merlin-EngWorks ManagerAuthor Commented:
Restoring SBS to new hardware isn't an option because we have the OEM version of SBS which is tied to our existing hardware.

Migrating to Server 2016 wouldn't then be an option either, because presumably we would need a functioning server to migrate from.

So I think my original question is still valid..... If we install a new server in the event of a complete disaster on our SBS server, would we be able restore the data from our SBS backups?
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Radhakrishnan RSenior Technical LeadCommented:
Hi,

It depends how you are taking the backup of SBS server. I.e - if you are taking while server as 'Image' backup then you can not restore the individual folder/files on the 2016 server, same applicable for roles and features as well. If you are taking files/folders backup then this can be restored.
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Merlin-EngWorks ManagerAuthor Commented:
As I said in my original post we are using the SBS backup program to write data onto USB hard disk drives. I need to know if server 2016 or Essentials can restore the data from these disks.
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Radhakrishnan RSenior Technical LeadCommented:
Hi,

The SBS's backup wizard in SBS console uses the native windows server backup utility where the 2012/2016 also uses the same utility as SBS, So, there won't be any issues restoring data onto the 2016 server.
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Merlin-EngWorks ManagerAuthor Commented:
That's good. I feel safer now. Thank you for your help :)
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Want to feel even safer?  Download a trial of Windows Server 2016 and perform a TEST restore.

Want to feel safer still?  UPGRADE NOW to a system that is still supported and getting security patches.  TECHNICALLY, 2008 will for a few months longer, but Exchange isn't - and Exchange is exposed to the internet.
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Merlin-EngWorks ManagerAuthor Commented:
Actually, i'm having discussions with the boss about replacing the server. Obviously there is no more SBS. So I need to come up with a proposal. The boss will not pay monthly fees for cloud services. So everything needs to be on premises. I believe that Exchange cannot be installed on an essentials server. So is 2016 standard my only option?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Yes if you don't go hosted exchange (Office 365) or switch email products.

BUT, the good news is you only need one license when you virtualize (as you should).  One VM for the DC/File Server, one VM for Exchange.
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