By AOMEI / Last Updated February 12, 2020

The Need to Migrate Windows Server 2008 to New Hardware

It is often the case that we just want to move our Windows Server 2008 to new hardware (computer). No matter it is for personal or business use. Cloning the whole system is unpractical because it is time-consuming. Especially, when we want to move Server 2008 to numbers of computers, cloning seems more infeasible. Then how about making a system backup and restore the image on the new hardware? It sounds good. But we should first find out a powerful tool to give us a hand. Luckily, we have AOMEI Backupper.

The Best Tool to Migrate Windows Server 2008 R2 to New Hardware

AOMEI Backupper Server is a popular backup program that helps us to deal with all kinds of issues related to data protection at a low price. It can be applied to all Windows Server operating systems as well as all Windows PC operating systems.

When dealing with “moving Windows Server 2008 to new hardware”, Backupper can competent this task by providing us the feature called Universal Restore. This function can be used to restore all kinds of Windows OS to different hardware, promising that all hardware can be booted properly after the restoration.

Windows Server 2008 Backup and Restore to Different Hardware

Before you can restore Windows Server 2008 to dissimilar hardware, you need to create a system image backup with the "System Backup" feature, and then create a bootable USB flash drive or bootable DVD/CD using the "Create Bootable Media" function. Download the tool now and follow the steps below to make it.

To Create System Image Backup:

Run AOMEI Backupper Server > Click Backup > Click System Backup > Select a path to save the backup image (You can save the image to a NAS, or a USB drive) > Click Start Backup.

System Backup

To Create Bootable USB Flash Drive:

Then you need to create a bootable USB drive to boot the target device. Click Tools, select Create Bootable Media and follow the wizard to make it.

Create Bootable Meida

To Restore System Image to Dissimilar Hardware:

1. Connect the bootable media to your new server and boot from it. If you have saved the backup image on an external drive, connect the drive to your new server as well.

2. After loading the main interface of AOMEI Backupper, click Restore and Select Image File to locate the backup image you created before.

Select Image File

3. Select Restore this system backup and tick Restore system to other location in the bottom.

Restore To Other Location

4. Specify the destination location to receive the restore, and then click Next to continue.

Select Destination

5. Preview the operation to be executed. The "Universal Restore" option is ticked by default to ensure the system is bootable after restoring to dissimilar hardware. Click Start Restore to start the restoration.

Universal Restore


If you want to move Server 2008 to numbers of computers, you can try AOMEI PXE Boot Tool. It can help you boot and restore many computers from the microsystem in the network.


That’s all for how to migrate Windows Server 2008 to new hardware. As you can see, AOMEI Backupper Server can help you achieve the tool without effort. The whole process is very simple and easy. By the way, it provides various functions to help you backup your Server on the new hardware. Go for it now and discover more!

To protect unlimited PCs and servers within your company, you may choose AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus. It offers unlimited billable technical services to clients. It also enables you to copy installation directory for portable version creation.