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Image Backups, server 2003


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#1 wsbssnj

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 03:24 PM

If I make an image backup with the server 2003 "Backup" utility, can I restore the backup on a blank harddrive without reinstalling the OS first?

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 04:22 PM

The simple answer to your question is no. The built in backup utility in windows does normal, full, incremental, and differential backups. It is not imaging software like Acronis or Ghost. You would have to do the basic inital install of windows server and then then restore a full backup ( plus any incremental or differential backups done since the full backup depending on your scheme) in order to have a fully functional machine.
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Posted 13 October 2010 - 04:56 PM

Thanks. I also have a related question, does Windows Server Backup in server 2008 do image backups which can be restored in the manner I mentioned above?

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 09:29 PM

While I haven't covered 2008 yet here is alink you may find intersesting that suggests what you are looking to do is possible.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library...266(WS.10).aspx
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