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i'm testing a recovery at my job of a VM in Windows 2008 server with Hyper-V.

what to know:

That server called "vm_server" for further reference, got 3 VM running 24/7 on it.

One is for Active directory, one is for IIS and the other one is for SQL server.

I'm using Acronis for the backup, and to test it I made a backup of my AD server while beeing remotely connected to it with the Acronis agent(I already tested it before on windows xp and 7, but it's the first test on a server). I create a new vm with Hyper-V on an other disk because of lack in vm_server space, I start my vm and boot with my acronis disk, and do the recovery.

My problem:

When the recovery is done and I try to start my test server I get the error "windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause."

Does this happen because I created my vm on a different hard drive? Because my backup is link with his own VM with sid?

My vm that i created is the sma ein the settings, but maybe in the backgroud it's different and that may cause the problem?

Thanks in advance for your time and help.

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Are all the hardware configurations for both guests exactly the same? Particularly the type of hard disk and controller? –  Sam Jan 26 '11 at 22:53

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The disk or server that a VM resides on won't change the hardware perceived by the guest OS. If those servers are running different versions of Hyper-V, they might look somewhat different. Do the versions of Hyper-V match?

Be sure that the configurations of the VMs match. If those match, too, I'd look at what Acronis is doing as it creates the backup image. You might have a choice to prep the image for restoration on multiple computers, which would trigger the loading of all the generic storage drivers and other things Windows needs to move from one environment to another.

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Because of a storage space problem my hards drives aren't exactly the same between the recover and the original. I will look around in acronis to see any options for multiple recovery. I'll get back to you with an answer asap. Thank you. –  Azshlanar Feb 14 '11 at 14:54

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