Migrate Windows Server 2008/2003/2012 System Image to New Hardware

Posted by @AOMEI

March 31, 2015

Migrate Windows Server 2008, 2003, 2012 R2 to new hardware may be the expectation for most of users, because they don’t want to give up their present well-used system and applications. In this we will introduce a way to solve the problem.

About Move Windows Server to Different hardware

In common situation, Server users are familiar with backup Windows Server system and restore system image to same computer, when system is crashed. But what does migrating Windows Server to new hardware mean?

Actually, migrating Windows Server to new Hardware especially refers to restore Server system image to different hardware. It is different from system restore we usually do, because the system restore done by Windows built-in tool or other third party software is restoring to the same computer, while transferring Windows Server to different hardware allows users to create Windows Sever system image from one computer and then restore it to any other computer with different CPU, different type of disk, different motherboard and so on.

Situations for Transfer Windows Server System Image to New Hardware

May be there are many different cases that cause Server users plan to migrate Windows Server to new hardware, but the common situations are as follows:

Situation: 1

As for a company, there may come out a situation that is the IT administers needs to install the same system and applications to many computers. It will take a long time to install each of them one by one. Is there an easier way? Is it possible to restore the same Windows Server system image to the entire computer? If each computer has the exactly same configuration as the computer you have made system image, it may possible for you to do that. But if each computer has different configuration, you can’t do like that. Therefore, in this situation, to improve work efficiency, the best way is to restore Windows Server to different hardware.

Situation: 2

As a personal use of Server, there is wear and tear on your present hard drive after a long time use, day after day the old hard drive is under the risk of damage. So in order to avoid suffering a lot from the damage, most of users may choose to replace the old hard drive with a new one, but the users don’t expect to give up their well-used system at the same time. If you are also faced with the problem, you can choose to transfer Windows Server to different hardware.

Migrate Windows Server to New Hardware with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Server is a professional software developed by AOMEI. It is a data protection software which can support all versions of Windows 10/8.1/8/7 and all versions of Server 2008/2003/2012. Recently, there is a new feature called Universal Restore in this software that enables users to restore system image to different hardware. With this feature, all problems mentioned above can be solved easily and safely.

Before you do:

  • Create a system image and know where you sore it.
  • Before perform the restore, you should open destination computer. AOMEI Backupper Server has two ways to start up destination computer. One is PXE boot, another one is bootable media boot. If you need to open several destination computers, we suggest you use PXE boot, because it can open several destination computer at the same time with the help of network.

Step1: Start up destination computer with bootable media boot. (detail steps for transfer Server to different hardware with PXE boot)

Step2: Click Restore on the left side of AOMEI Backupper and then choose Path to look for Server system image.

Browse System Backup Image

Step3: Click the place where you store system image to find it.

Share NAS

Step4: Select backup point and then click Next to go on.

Restore System Image

Step5: Choose destination disk to restore system image and then click Next.

Select Disk

Step6: Click Start Restore, then Universal Restore will start.

Universal Restore

Server users who plan to migrate Windows Server system image to new hardware can benefit most of Universal Restore function. Bedsides this feature, it can do disk clone, merge images, split backup and so on. This all-in-one software can completely protect the safety of your whole data.