Scenario # 1
I've a Windows 2003 Server that I have been using for many years for software development, mostly for testing.
It has many tools that I might want to use in the future.
However, basically, I intend to use my physical hardware for testing applications for Windows Server 2008 R2.
I'm looking for a full archive/full restore method, hopefully free because I'm currently looking for work.
Ideally, the software should be able to easily backup the system so that I can wipe the hard disk immediately afterwards and install Windows Server 2008 R2.
Afterwards, if I need to test something specific to Windows 2003, I'd like to be able to just as easily temporarily archive 2008 R2, restore 2003 until I've finished my test, then quickly get back to 2008 R2.
I've a 2TB usb external drive that I'd like to use to hold the server operating systems when they are NOT in use.
The hardware itself is nothing special but it's all that I need for testing the desktop, server, and internet applications that I develop.
Scenario # 2
similar to Scenario # 1, however, these would be for win XP Pro SP3 systems.
Thank you for your suggestions.
regards ... gerry