What is the best wasy to image or clone a server ?

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What application or what is the best way to image a windows server that is RAID5 ?
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Most trustworthy and reliable over the past decades, either Paragon or Acronis

https://www.paragon-software.com/free/br-free/ (Free version, try it on a PC to see how it works, more features in paid version)
https://www.acronis.com)
Joseph HornseyPresident and Janitor

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For what purpose?

We use StorageCraft ShadowProtect SPX for backups.  It backs up images which are immediately mountable as VMs through several Hyper Visors.
Top Expert 2016

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The software or technology to backup/restore the file system does not care about the platform that presents the volume to the OS be it RAID/SCSI/SAS/SATA/ATA.

Best to use is a subjective item that you will get as many recommendations as there are experts. I happen to like the VEEAM line of products and not really like the Acronis line.
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AlexSenior Infrastructure Analyst

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Well,

I'd also say it depends on what else you can image with, is it worthwhile visualising it off??

Thanks,

Alex
Joseph HornseyPresident and Janitor

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Can you give more details as what you want to accomplish?
Top Expert 2013

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if you want to restore it to another hardware - that won't work, since MS does not accept the licence

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Thanks for all the reply.  I basically want to image my Domain controller in the event it crashes I would be able to restore it back to its original state but I'm not sure how to do it if the hard drive is configure with RAID 5 .  - thanks
AlexSenior Infrastructure Analyst

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Hell no,

That's the last thing you want to do, if you backup your domain controller and then try to restore it in that fashion it'll fail. You'll end up with USN rollback issues.

You need to backup the databases, not the OS, what you're trying to achieve is simply not possible.

If you want to "Back up" your domain controller, I'd just build a new one and have 2 instead of 1. You are lining yourself up for failure, complete and utter failure.

Regards,

Alex

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