Bare Metal Restore to Dissimilar Hardware with AOMEI Backupper Server

Posted by @Catherine

July 13, 2015

Bare metal restore to dissimilar hardware is possible with AOMEI Backupper Server. In this article, I will show you an example of bare metal restore Windows Server 2008 to dissimilar hardware with AOMEI Backupper Server Edition.

What is bare metal restore?

To understand what is bare metal restore to dissimilar hardware, you'd better to know what bare metal restore meaning first. Bare metal restore(or BMR, for short) gives you the ability to restore to dissimilar hardware configuration or a virtual server. For example, a physical system can be restored to a virtual or cloud platform, and vice versa for ease of unexpected occurs and your servers are damaged. Bare metal restore can give you full system recovery, which includes operating systems, applications, databases and files.

When need bare metal restore?

As above mentioned, bare metal recovery provides the ability to recover an entire system back to dissimilar hardware. It is most often used in disaster recovery scenarios or migration projects. For instance, it can be used to deploy new hardware in case of disaster and also facilitate the migration to a public or private cloud.

Following are most often situations you may need bare metal restore to dissimilar hardware:

  • Purchased new machine.
  • Windows won’t boot up (system error).
  • Virus that corrupts Windows system.
  • Hard drive failure or system crash.
  • Server hardware refresh.
  • Software update disaster.
  • Blue screen of death.

How to do bare metal restore to dissimilar hardware?

Next, I will teach you how to do bare metal restore to dissimilar hardware. To complete this task, you should own a tool at first. Here, since many small and medium-sized enterprises run Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 on their machines. I recommend you try AOMEI Backupper Server.

With BMR from AOMEI Backupper Server, you can react to data corruption or hardware failure by restoring an image:

1. Back to the original system

2. To a different machine with similar hardware configuration

3. To a different machine with an entirely different hardware configuration

That last bullet is important – AOMEI Backupper Server has an powerful feature named "Universal Restore", which is the key of its BMR solution. And it takes a lot of grunt work off your plate by supporting a wide variety of dissimilar hardware. Thus reduces the need for you to supply or install drivers before restoring an image to a new machine.

Using AOMEI Backupper Server is simple. Downloading it from the official website, install and run on the old machine first, do a system backup. Then on the new machine that has dissimilar hardware install and run AOMEI Backupper Server again. Choose system restore, every step has guide, click several "Next"s to go to the last step, there is a option called "Universal Restore", select it. Then click "Start Restore" to execute. Wait a minute, you can reach your goal.

More about AOMEI Backupper Server

AOMEI Backupper Server is especially designed for Windows Server operating systems, besides Windows Server 2008, it also supports Windows Server 2012 (R2), Windows Server 2003, Windows SBS 2003, 2008, 2011. Also, it works well on Windows PC operating systems. Now it developed a new built-in tool named AOMEI PXE Boot Tool, which can boot multiple computers within LAN via network even without hard disk, CD/DVD-ROM or USB flash drive. You can combine use this utility and the Universal Restore feature in AOMEI Backupper Server. So it is said that AOMEI Backupper Server is an excellent, professional and practical program.

In conclusion, bare metal restore to dissimilar hardware is a fast and efficient way of rebuilding your computer after a system crash, drive failure or total site loss by recovering a crashed server to a different machine. With the help of AOMEI Backupper Server, it can reduce a process that could take more than a day, to less than hours.