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What is the best way to bring back the server online after hardware crash. I suppose image won't work after hardware change.

So I like to know what is the fastest way to bring everything back. I've the following software running on the server:

  1. MSSQL
  2. IIS
  3. Custom Server Software
  4. FTP Server

Then there is configuration:

  • Registering asp.net 4.0
  • Configuration files for server software (these can be put back from backup)
  • Configuration if windows firewall.

Thanks in advance

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What is the image file type? –  DKNUCKLES Nov 9 '12 at 21:27
    
backup software that comes with windows 2008 server. –  HAY Nov 9 '12 at 21:29
    
What hardware component crashed? And what hardware are you replacing it with? What deployment systems do you have? How long is your restore-from-backup time? This is just too broad and subjective. –  HopelessN00b Nov 9 '12 at 21:34
    
Windows backup in 2008 and later support restores to dissimilar hardware. You should read the manual before you make assumptions like that. –  MDMarra Nov 9 '12 at 21:36
    
Nothing crashed at the moment, but I want to reduce downtime in case of a hardware crash. But few months a go HDD crashed. –  HAY Nov 9 '12 at 21:38

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What's the point of the backup if you're not going to restore it when trouble arises? Do a restore and be done with it!

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Sometimes server needs a clean re-install of OS, how to quickly restore all the server software and their configuration? –  HAY Nov 9 '12 at 21:52
    
Um... reinstall them? The only thing that will make it go faster is documentation about the previous installation and practice. –  longneck Nov 9 '12 at 21:59
    
I've the re-installation notes, but still that takes long time. I was hoping some kind of restore feature that can restore the software with configuration on a clean re-installed OS. –  HAY Nov 9 '12 at 22:05
    
Disaster scenarios are why you have backups. –  longneck Nov 9 '12 at 22:38
    
You could develop installation scripts for everything, which is great for making lots of the same thing, ie desktops. What you're trying to do isn't worth the effort. –  longneck Nov 9 '12 at 22:39

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