Windows Server: How to Perform a Bare-Metal Restore of Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server: How to Perform a Bare-Metal Restore of Windows Server 2008 R2

Article Summary: This article provides information about performing a bare-metal restore of Windows Server 2008 R2 using Windows Server Backup.

Note: If you need to recover your Windows server and have been using Windows Server Backup, refer to the TechNet article Recovering Your Server for additional troubleshooting.

Note: If you have not gotten to the point of failure and simply want to configure backup and recovery, see the TechNet article Backup and Recovery Overview for Windows Server 2008 R2 for an overview of the process.

Windows Server Backup provides the option to recover files and folders, applications and data, volumes, the full server, the system state only, or a backup catalog. This example covers the recovery of the whole server and can be used if the server is unable to boot into Windows.
  1. Boot the server using the Windows DVD.
  2. Choose Repair my computer.
  3. On the System Recovery Options page, choose System Image Recovery.
  4. Select the location of the restore image. Use the Advanced link to specify a network location if necessary.
  5. At the Choose additional restore options screen, you may format the disk or exclude specific disks. You also have the option to install drivers if necessary for WinRE to recognize the disks in the system.
  6. To begin the restore, click Finish.

Screenshots of the above procedure can be found in the TechNet blog entry Bare Metal Restore, and there is a YouTube video of the process at Windows Server 2008 Backup and Restore. Windows Small Business Server (SBS) screenshots are located in the TechNet blog entry How to Perform a Bare Metal Restore on Small Business Server 2008.

For additional information, refer to Recover the Operating System or Full Server..

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Article ID: SLN163314

Last Date Modified: 07/15/2015 02:22 PM

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