Restore Server to Desktop – 2017 Edition

Mark Berry March 23, 2017

Once a year, I test restoring a server to a desktop. The server is backed up with standard Windows Backup. The idea is to confirm that if the server went down, I could quickly restore to one of the customer’s desktops as a temporary solution while the server is repaired or replaced. This is also an interesting test of how well Windows Backup handles restoring to different hardware. Previous tests are blogged in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

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Azure Backup Agent Points to Wrong Update

Mark Berry February 13, 2017

When the Azure Backup Agent program says an update is ready, it will provide a link. Today, the link points to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=229525, which redirects to KB3196148, which is the October 2016 update that we are already running.

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Database Server Backup to Hybrid Onsite/Cloud FAIL

Mark Berry November 14, 2016

This is a very instructive nightmare:

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Azure Backup Client Fails with 0x07EF8

Mark Berry August 22, 2016

I’m testing Azure Backup client on a Server 2012 R2 Essentials machine. On this machine, I had two options:  an Essentials plugin and the standard agent. I tried the Essentials plugin but it uses the “old” (classic) Azure portal, plus the retention options were limited to 1-30 days, no weeks or months. So I removed the plugin and installed the standard Azure Backup client, following these instructions. However, it didn’t work out of the box.

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Testing EaseUS Todo Restore

Mark Berry May 2, 2016

I usually use Windows’ built-in disk imaging software, but I’ve been testing EaseUS Todo Backup Free 9.1 as an alternative.

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Back Up IIS configuration

Mark Berry April 5, 2016

I’m always looking for this info so I’ll post it here. To back up, list, and restore the configuration of IIS 7, IIS 7.5, IIS 8.0, or IIS 8.5, use appcmd as described in MSKB 954872. In brief:

cd %Windir%\system32\inetsrv
appcmd list backup
appcmd add backup "yyyy.mm.dd backupName"
appcmd list backup
appcmd /?

The custom backups are stored in this folder:

%Windir%\system32\inetsrv\backup

You will also see the automatically-created configuration history backups, explained here. Those backups are in this folder:

%Windir%\system32\inetsrv\History

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Restore Server 2012 R2 to a ThinkCentre M93p Desktop, Take 3

Mark Berry February 16, 2016

Once a year, I test restoring a server to a desktop. The server is backed up with standard Windows Backup. The idea is to confirm that if the server went down, I could quickly restore to one of the customer’s desktops as a temporary solution while the server is repaired or replaced. This is also an interesting test of how well Windows Backup handles restoring to different hardware. Previous tests are blogged in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

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Restore Server 2012 R2 to a ThinkCentre M93p Desktop, Take 2

Mark Berry February 6, 2015

Time for my annual test of restoring a server to a desktop. This year is almost identical to last year, but I want to have one list of steps, so I’ll repeat much of that text.

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