What is bare metal backup and recovery?
To understand bare metal backup Windows 2008 Server operating system better, we should talk from Windows Server 2003. At that time, NT Backup of Windows Server 2003 is not developed by Microsoft itself. It was Symantec company helped Microsoft to develop. However, After Windows Server 2008, Microsoft has its own backup & restore utility - Windows Server Backup. But the backup program of Server 2008 is really like chicken ribs. Good news is it has improved very much on Windows Server 2008 R2. A new function of Server 2008 R2 allows you to restore a server from a completely failed hard drive, that is called bare metal recovery.
The bare metal backup and recovery technique is an important disaster recovery solution. What is “Bare Metal” is computer hardware collection. These hardware are available for a machine runs normally. Bare metal backup is an advanced backup process of normal running information. What’s the difference between bare metal backup and general backup is that bare metal backup not only needs backup files but also some information that exist not as file form.
How to evaluate the effect of bare metal backup? That depends on backup cost, which includes time need to backup and volume of backup. Windows Server 2008 R2 built-in backup software can do this but has many disadvantages. I’ll ignore it here.
Bare metal backup Windows 2008 software - AOMEI Backupper Server
A professional backup software named AOMEI Backupper, the Server Edition supports Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 very well. And let it do bare metal backup on Windows 2008 Server OS is a good choice. How to do with it? First, you should make a Windows PE environment. How to enter it? Using AOMEI Backupper Server to create a bootable CD, a USB flash drive/disk, or ISO file (this need 3rd tool to burn it on CD/USB).
After the bootable CD has finished, you can boot it and enter the Windows PE environment to do backup. That is pure bare metal backup for Windows Server 2008. AOMEI Backupper Server Edition supports for backing up to NAS and external hard drive. You can backup what you want, includes the system, partition, file. Features of AOMEI Backupper Server Edition please visit this link. AOMEI Backupper is not only a backup software, but also a clone tool. It supports many file system and storage media. So it works much better than Windows built-in tool.