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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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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Restore Server 2012 R2 to a ThinkCentre M93p Desktop

Mark Berry January 24, 2014

There are several differences since the last time I did a disaster recovery restore test. The server is now a Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 running Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials on “bare metal,” i.e. no Hyper-V is involved. The target machine is a ThinkCentre M93p.

Server 2012 backups are done using the standard Windows Backup program and are saved on an internal “staging” drive. The WindowsImageBackup folder on that drive is copied daily to an external backup drive, which is the drive we’ll be restoring from. This external drive has a USB 3 interface, as does the M93p desktop, so I’m hoping the data transfer will be faster.

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Restore a Hyper-V Server to an Optiplex 960, Take 3

Mark Berry April 6, 2013

This is the third in the series of almost annual articles about my experiences testing a Hyper-V restore. I’ve done this successfully in 2011 and 2012. Why repeat? To make sure disaster recovery is still possible, and to try a new approach.

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Restore a Hyper-V Server to an Optiplex 960, Take 2

Mark Berry March 12, 2012

In January 2011, I wrote about my experience restoring a Hyper-V Server to an Optiplex 960. That article is exhaustive (and exhausting). I’ve done the same test again and wanted to write up a somewhat shorter procedure. If you get stuck in this procedure, refer to the original article for details.

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Restore a Hyper-V Server to an Optiplex 960

Mark Berry January 7, 2011

Recently I upgraded a small server to run Windows Server 2008 R2 as a Hyper-V host, with Server 2008 R2 as a guest as well. I’ve read that Windows Server Backup can restore to dissimilar hardware. That could be especially helpful in a small environment where no other servers are available. Can I restore the entire Server 2008 host and guest to an Optiplex 960 desktop? How long will it take?

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Re-Create Dell Utility Partition after Windows Server 2008 Bare Metal Restore

Mark Berry July 3, 2010

So you’ve used Windows Server 2008 bare metal restore and it wiped out your Dell Utility Partition. What to do?

Background:  I’m setting up a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine as a Hyper-V host on a Dell PowerEdge 2900. I originally configured two RAID arrays (0 and 5). Starting with the Dell Systems Build and Update DVD and the companion Windows OS install support pack (required for Server 2008), I created the Dell system utility partition and installed Windows Server 2008 R2.

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