To explain the title "Restore System State to Another Server". I’d like to explain several concepts first.
About backup system state
As we all know, backup is a prerequisite to restore. First, I will tell you what is system state and why need to backup system state. In this article, system state means only Windows operating system. The title includes "Server", that is Windows Server here. So, let me go on with the introduction.
The Windows Server system state is made up of many components and services that are critical to recovery of the Windows Server operating system. A system state backup usually includes a copy of any installed device drivers and related files, most of the Windows Registry, the Windows directory, the Active Directory configuration (where applicable) and system files under Windows File Protection.
With a system state backup you can restore your Windows Server system settings if there were some errors of system. A System State backup is therefore specially important for disaster recovery purpose as it eliminates you having to reconfigure Windows Server back to its original state before the system failure occurred.
We recommend that you have a backup of your system state regularly and especially do system state backup before and after any major change is made to your server. How to backup system state? In this tutorial, I recommend you try AOMEI Backupper Server Edition. This excellent software supports Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008(R2), Windows Server 2012(R2) and Windows PC OSs. You can download it the official website. Another reason why I recommend this application is the most significant, AOMEI Backupper Server supports restore system state to another server!
Restore system state to another server with AOMEI Backupper Server
Backup and restore on the same computer is no problem. However, backup and restore on different hardware is difficult before. Now with the latest AOMEI Backupper Server released, it has an amazing feature. It is able to restore system state to another server. Following are detailed steps.
In the Backup tab of AOMEI Backupper Server, select System Backup. From the panel you can see there are a few steps. Select a location as the destination path. Set up some backup options and schedule backup settings. All is OK, click the yellow button “Start Backup” to commit. Next thing you need to do is only waiting.
In the Restore tab of AOMEI Backupper Server. Browser and load the system backup image file on your new server. Click Next and confirm you would like to do a system state restore. Select a backup point and click Next again. In the last window, please check the Universal Clone, then click “Start Restore”.
This feature of AOMEI Backupper Server is very useful. For example, many small businesses run Windows Server on their computers. With time goes by, the machines are very old, they are out of date. People plan to change to new machine, but there are many important data, files and program on the old machine’s hard disk. What’s worse, most of them can not be re-installed on the new hard disk due to different kinds of reasons. Directly plug the old disk in the new computer is impossible, because the server system can’t boot normally. Thus, universal restore is a solution. Luckily, AOMEI Backupper Server provides this solution. With it, restore system state to another server is simple and won’t lose data. AOMEI Backupper Ssrver as a professional backup&restore software, has many other practical functions.