When talking about Windows Server 2008 backup and recovery, most users think of system backup and restore in a same computer. If you mention restoring Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 to a machine with different hardware, perhaps most people feel very confused and don’t know how to do this. Indeed, it is simple and easy to do system recovery in a same computer. But as for different computer, this is a challenge. This article will introduce you how to make this challenge become a true.
Why Restore Server 2008 to Different Hardware
As for most business companies, they usually own a host computer to be the administrator to occupy other computers for working well. After purchasing many computers with different hardware, and these computers don’t have operating system and applications installed, which are called bare computers. If your host computer is Windows Server 2008, you can transfer or restore this OS to other different computers without installing system one by one.
Also the above situation is available to school, like multimedia network teaching system and computer house. But as for bare computers, they cannot boot so it is essential to use bootable disc to boot and then can restore Server 2008 to different hardware.
In addition, system crash, hard disk damaged, blue screen, etc, these may cause computer breakdown and cannot boot, at this time, you need to restore system and the best way is to restore a running computer system to the dead computer. But to a large extent, the computer has different hardware, such as different storage device, different configuration, CPU and so on.
The Excellent Universal Restore Software - AOMEI Backupper
The paragraphs above introduce you some situations that you need to restore Windows Server 2008 system to dissimilar hardware. Do you think of the solution to these situations? Don’t worry and take it easy. Here is an excellent backup and restore software - AOMEI Backupper, which can be useful for you. With its universal restore feature, you can restore Server 2008 to different hardware by many ways. For instance, transfer Windows Server 2008 installation to a new computer, clone system to another server with dissimilar hardware, deploy system to different computer for computer working smoothly. This tool allows you to get a new running computer without reinstalling system and applications, which avoid wasting of time and energy.
Note: Before doing Windows Server 2008 system restore to dissimilar hardware, you’d better pay attention to two things:
- Creating a bootable CD/DVD, USB or ISO file which is used to boot the bare computers or dead computers.
- The most important thing is you must backup your Server 2008 system state, and then you can use the system backup image to do universal restore.
After preparing these things, you can start to restore Windows Server 2008 to different hardware. Here is a screenshot about universal restore: