Software recommendations to copy/replicate a server set up on another box.

Would like product recommendations to copy an existing server and load that copy onto another box here at work. If have to purchase a product would not like a conflict with licensing and such. Would like to take the copying software to various IT contracting jobs.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you are contracting this out, why not just use Robocopy?  It comes on your server and a decent contractor will know how to use it. Free.
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Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist/DeveloperCommented:
What do you want to copy? Data, server state, a clone of the server?
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Member_2_6498066Author Commented:
Clone the server.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You can use Acronis for that.

https://www.acronis.com

Two cautions:
1. Make sure the server you are cloning does not have an OEM server license.
2. Make sure you are not cloning old problems better fixed by reinstalling. Very common.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Acronis is a backup product and not really suited as an imaging solution.
To begin always create your master image in a virtual machine to eliminate any hardware dependencies
in this day and age machines should in most cases be in virtual machines.
for instance I have 2 servers that host between them 23 virtual machines. i can fail-over from one hardware server to the other, either planned with no downtime or unplanned with 5 minutes downtime. Veeam Backup and Replication

I do recommend using Microsoft Deployment toolkit and sometimes also use Desired Server Configuration (DSC)
This way I create one master thin image of each O/S in a virtual machine, checkpoint, sysprep and capture, remove checkpoint and shutdown every first Saturday after patch Tuesday (this takes about 24 hours), but is a start and forget process and is totally automated.
I have task sequences for all the server/client machines that I support and can add/remove/update applications as needed. i.e. non-microsoft     updated products that don't follow Windows Update rules.
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Member_2_6498066Author Commented:
Thank you one and all.
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