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Is it possible to configure Windows Server 2008 virtually (services, software, policies, folder structure etc) and then inject those configurations and system settings to a physical server with Windows Server 2008?

And can this be done with the built-in backup tools from Win2008?

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Sort of like an inverse p2v? – uSlackr Aug 30 '11 at 12:19
Indeed, a v2p.. – Sven van Zoelen Aug 30 '11 at 13:44
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It does sound like Windows backup is what you want. Make sure you get the system state with the backup. Then build the physical server, install the O/S and restore. Best part is you can test it with several virtuals since the O/S is identical.

This restore reference might help

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Thx for the link! – Sven van Zoelen Aug 30 '11 at 20:32

V2P is possible, however the programs available are expensive, take a look at Novell Platespin Migrate, I've used it before and it migrates the workloads well.

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