Acronis Universal Restore Questions

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  1. zapps

    zapps Registered Member

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    Hi

    Through Acronis website, we have identified Acronis Universl Restore as the product that fits our needs, however in order to explore further we have a trial version downloaded for 15 days to test. So far we have only installed the software, we have the following senarios and questions.

    Q1. Can you briefly go through the differences between Server/Enterprise Server and Workstation versions, can a backup created in Server/ES version be installed on a Workstation and vise versa ?

    Q2. Senario > You have XP Pro on C dive and Win2003 Server on D drive of the same disk using the same Master Boot Record. You only want to migrate the Win2003 Server OS to a baremetal machine. Do you clone the disk to achieve this or just by taking the image of D drive and restoring is sufficient, if so how will it copy the MBR from C Drive ?

    Q3. Please correct. i) You CD Boot Acronis in Target system, then remove the boot CD ii) choose Universal Restore iii) In target insert CD containing the Clone image or Partition D image. We have no drivers of any kind for the baremetal machine, so it is assumed Acronis will take care of the drivers ?

    Many thanks.
     
  2. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

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    Hello zapps,

    Thank you for your interest in Acronis Workstation Disk Backup Software.

    The major difference between these two Acronis True Image versions is the support for server versions of Windows implemented in Acronis True Image 8.0 Enterprise Server for Windows. Please take a look at the version comparison page for further details.

    If your bare-metal machine has hardware configuration identical to that of the original computer then you can simply clone the hard drive. In this case all contents of the source disk including it's MBR will be transferred to the destination hard drive.

    In case your bare-metal machine has a different hardware configuration then you should create an image of the entire source disk saving it to any type of the supported media, boot your bare-metal machine from Bootable Rescue CD and restore the beforehand created image using Acronis Universal Restore. In this case all contents of the source disk including it's MBR will be transferred to the destination hard drive.

    Please take a look at this FAQ article explaining the difference between Clone Disk and Backup approaches in more detail.

    You can find the detailed description of how to perform the disk cloning procedure and create\restore a disk\partition images (using Acronis Universal Restore) in the respective User's Guide.

    Please be aware that Acronis Universal Restore itself does not have any drivers included except of the so-called HAL drivers for the corresponding type of machine, i.e. machine you restore a disk\partition image to. Acronis Universal Restore uses three sources for drivers search: the list of user-specified (enforced) drivers, driver repository, and the Windows default driver storage folders (in the image being restored). The program will find the most suitable drivers of all available and install them into the restored system. However, the user-defined drivers will have the priority. They will be installed, with appropriate warning, even if the program finds the better driver.

    You can find more information on how to use Acronis Universal Restore in section 3.7 of Acronis True Image 9.1 Workstation and Acronis True Image 9.1 Server for Windows User's Guides available at the link mentioned above.

    If you have any further questions concerning Acronis software, please feel free to submit a request for technical support or post any of them on this forum. We will certainly try to help you in resolving any issues.

    Thank you.
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  3. zapps

    zapps Registered Member

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    Hi Alexey

    Many thanks for your response, howerver I am still uncertain on a few points, please help clarify this confusion.

    1. You missed answering the extention to the question, which is image of a partition created by Server version can be restored on XP Pro machine running Workstation version and vise versa ?

    2. This is still a grey area, the senario is that the bare metal machine is a Server machine (SATA) completely different from the source PC (IDE). The source machine has two partitions, on C it holds XP Pro and on D it holds Windows 2003 Server, the goal is to move the Windows 2003 Operating System to the new machine without the XP Pro Operating System, obviously MBR is on C which is not desired in restore.

    Many thanks.
     
  4. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

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    Hello zapps,

    Please accept our apologies for the delay with the response.

    Yes, a disk\partition image created using server version of Acronis True Image can be restored with both Workstation and Home versions and vice versa.

    Please be aware that all current Acronis True Image versions (9.1 Corporate family versions and 9.0 Home version) include MBR in both entire hard drive image and an image of a separate partition or partition assortment. Acronis True Image allows you to restore MBR separately as well. Please read sections 3.1 and 7.3.4 of Acronis True Image 9.1 Enterprise Server for Windows User's Guide for more details.

    Thank you.
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