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Lou Vega a thump to the brain

Just started work again on an old project that was shelved about a year and a half ago. When the project was shelved we did an Acronis image of the servers that hosted the project and put those on our network storage in case we ever needed them again, then re-purposed the server hardware and pressed on. Fast forward to now and there's renewed interest in the project - and the customer wants to know how quickly we can restore the project to the way it was. Well the original hardware is long since gone...those physical machines are now in another state. But we still have the Acronis images and we have some available older hardware that we can use for testing. I had remembered an earlier experiment (years ago) where I took a working hard drive with Windows 98 (told you it was long ago!) out of one machine, into another and after a couple of reboots it was ready to go (after detecting the hardware changes).

I figured it was a long shot but I booted up with the Acronis rescue media and started a restore of one of the images to the "new" hardware and waited for it to complete. At first my heart sank when I went to boot after all was said and done and was greeted with a BSOD. Never one to give up too easily, I ended up doing an in-place repair installation of Windows over the restored version. It ended up working like a champ!

So in the space of about 4 hours we were able to restore to working order a project that had been shelved long ago!

The next part of my project is now to take those same images and make them into VPC images that I can then turn on and off as needed rather than go through the in-place repair every time the project changes hardware.

Right now successfully taken the Acronis image of the "new" server and restored it to a blank VPC...with the same boot-up problem so I'm running the in-place repair installation. I'll let you know how it works when it's done.

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2008 1:49 PM Tips and Tricks | Back to top

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