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Disaster recovery or bare metal restore of your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials server

Disaster recovery or bare metal restore of your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials server

In the last days we have been discussing backup and restore of our server in How to backup your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials server to USB drives and How to restore files and folders on Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials but now it is time for something more serious. You should see this procedure as a kind of insurance that you hope never is needed.

The server has been stolen or because of a fire it is completely lost and you need to restore system and data to a new server. If you have followed my previous tutorial How to backup your Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials server to USB drives you should have kept your backup drives offsite and nothing will be lost.

In order to restore the server we need installation media to begin with. If you have installed your server with the installation media on a USB pen drive like we did in Create a bootable USB pen drive for your Windows 2012 R2 installation use that pen drive again or use the DVD that was shipped with the server. Put the USB pen drive in your server and make sure the server is set to boot from USB. See the BIOS manual of your server for this.

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