How to Deploy Windows Server 2008 System Image to New Hardware?

October 20, 2016

To deploy Windows Server 2008 (R2) system image to new hardware is a complicated task without a third-party software, here we recommend you AOMEI Backupper and AOMEI Image Deploy to make the job easier.

Preparations before deploying Windows Server 2008 system image

Before you deploy Windows Server 2008 system image to new hardware, you should prepare a complete Windows Server 2008 system image. For this, AOMEI Backupper is helpful and more details you can refer to windows server 2011 operating system backup. Then, you can save the system image to a NAS or shared network folder. On one hand, the PXE Boot Tool integrated in AOMEI Backupper allows you to simultaneously start up several client computers within LAN through the network booting so as to deploy Windows Server 2008. On the other hand, the newly released AOMEI Image Deploy, a professional image deployment software, supports to deploy system image to multiple computers through network in a LAN to install system on a batch of computers quickly. If you don’t save image to a NAS or network folder, you can make a bootable CD or USB in advance with AOMEI Backupper, but this asks you to restore computers one by one.

Solution 1:Deploy Windows Server 2008 with AOMEI Image Deploy

This is the easiest way to deploy Windows Server 2008 system image toa batch of hardware and free. You can follow the wizard of AOMEI Image Deploy to easily finish the job within a few steps. Following is a screenshot of the image deployment progress of each client computer while AID is working:

Image Deployment

Soultion 2:Deploy Windows Server 2008 with AOMEI Backupper

The Universal Restore feature in AOMEI Backupper Server version can help you restore Windows Server 2008 system image to a machine with dissimilar hardware. And you can use it with either PXE network booting or bootable media to boot target computer for system restore within a small number of computers. No matter which way you choose, the dissimilar hardware restore process is same. Here take bootable media for example.

Step 1. You have to set bootable media as the boot device in your computer, and launch AOMEI Backupper Server. Click “Restore” and select the system image that you want to recover. Then choose “Universal Restore” in the drop-down menu and click “Next”.

Main Console

Step 2. In this step, there are many backup time points to let you choose. Tick “Restore system to other location” so as to save the image to new hardware, then click “Next”.

Backup Point

Step 3. Select the new hardware (here is Disk 1) and click “Next”.

Save Image

Step 4. Since you have selected “Universal Restore” in the first step, here it will be ticked automatically. Finally, you can click “Start Restore”. (If your destination hard drive is SSD, we strongly suggest you tick “Align partition to optimize for SSD".)

Start Restore

Now, you know three ways to deploy Windows Server 2008 system image to a new hardware, and it’s your turn to choose the one you prefer to start your work.