Bare Metal Backups


  • I've got a single server running 2008 R2 Standard, with Remote Desktop Services installed (no active directory installed).  We are a small company so I don't have a lot of help in getting all this up and running.  So right now I do a bare metal backup each night (actually around 1 am) to an external hard drive and in the case were the server dies, I get another server, and using the bare metal backup and my Server 2008 R2 DVD, restore the image.  My question is: Is this the best way to do this? Is there a better way? Is the bare metal I run each night just copying the difference from the night before or is it completely replacing the whole image each night?  Should I create a single "master" bare metal backup once and then do another kind of backup to make things quicker?



    Saturday, July 13, 2013 6:25 PM


  • Hiya, 

    its a good question, which is not easily answered. Here are some thoughts on the matter.

    1: Have you considered if you ever need single file restore?
    2: How often does the configuration on the server change?
    3: Is there any actual data stored on this server?

    Monday, July 15, 2013 8:19 AM