System restore to dissimilar hardware, something which high end backup/recovery products can do, is a really useful feature. However, how does it work on a Windows Server restore?
I've performed a few forklift upgrades using image-based backup technology (e.g., LiveState, Acronis, ShadowProtect), but typically to virtual machines. The key factors are
An important thing to consider when performing a forklift upgrade is your licensing. OEM Windows licenses are bound to the hardware they were purchased with. Some versions of Windows do not have provisions for virtualization.
If you're doing this for a virtualizaiton, Sysinternal's disk2vhd (for Hyper-V) and VMware Converter (for VMware) are better technologies for migration.
Normally, it is as simple as restoring a drive image to the target and replacing the