How to Migrate Windows Server 2008 (R2) to New Hardware

Moving Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 to new machine with dissimilar hardware can be as easy as pie if we find the best solution. Get 2 powerful server backup and restore tools to help you from this page.


By Delia Updated on December 13, 2023

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Need to Move Windows Server 2008 to New Hardware

Migrate Windows Server 2008 to another server

I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 installed on a HP Server with Simple 1 TB HD (no RAID). I need to migrate to a new Dell server with RAID 1 level T630 (2 x 2 TB), just that I'm having a hard time to migrate because the system does not boot.
I've tried the repair of the system through the recovery mode, only first just that the server can only acknowledge the system include the RAID driver manually. I've done repair and I still couldn't solve the problem. Anyone have an idea to solve the problem?

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It is a common case that we want to move our Windows Server 2008 to new hardware (computer), either for personal or business use. Reinstalling the whole system is unpractical because it is time-consuming. Especially, when we want to move Server 2008 to numbers of computers, reinstallation seems more infeasible. Then how about making a system backup and restoring the image on the new hardware? It sounds good. To do this, we should first find out a powerful tool to give us a hand.

Best 2 Tools to Migrate Windows Server 2008 (R2) to New Hardware

1. AOMEI Backupper Server

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

  • It offers System/Disk/Partition/File Backup that can backup all kinds of data to different storage devices, such as backup Server 2019 to NAS.
  • It provides System/Disk/Partition Clone which is of great help when you want to upgrade to a larger drive or migrate OS to SSD on your server.
  • It is embedded with the Sync feature which makes it easy to transfer files to different locations and share files with others.

When dealing with “moving Windows Server 2008 to new hardware”, AOMEI Backupper can complete this task with the Universal Restore feature. 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. Want to have a try? Download it now.

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2. AOMEI Cyber Backup

The best enterprise backup software - AOMEI Cyber Backup can also help you migrate Windows Server 2008 (R2) to new hardware. It provides a convenient and reliable solution for centralized backup management of all Windows operating systems.

  • It enables you to create system/disk/partition backup for a bunch of Windows PCs and Servers from one central console.
  • You can schedule a backup task to run daily/weekly/monthly using the full/incremental/differential backup method.
  • You are allowed to restore the backup image to the same computer or another computer with dissimilar hardware.
  • If your backup has multiple versions, you can choose to restore from any point you want.

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How to Do Windows Server 2008 (R2) Backup and Restore to Different Hardware

1. Using AOMEI Backupper Server

Before you can restore Windows Server 2008 (R2) to different 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. 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 restored data, and then click Next to continue.

Select Destination

5. Preview the operation to be executed. Tick the Universal Restore option to ensure the system is bootable after restoring to dissimilar hardware. Click Start Restore to start the restoration.

Universal Restore

✍ Tip: 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.

2. Using AOMEI Cyber Backup

Let’s say you have already created a system image with AOMEI Cyber Backup. Follow the steps below to move Windows Server 2008 (R2) to new hardware.

1. Run and log in AOMEI Cyber Backup.

2. Click Source Device Windows Add Windows Device to add the target server device. You need to enter the IP address, username and password of it.

Note: You need to turn on the target device before you add it.

3. Start server migration.

  • Click Backup Task on the left menu bar and click the three dots icon on the system backup task you created before. Then select Restore.

System Restore

  • Select the restore content, including the restore version and restore method. You may choose the latest version and Restore the entire system.

Restore Entire System

  • Select the target location. Choose Restore to new location and select the target device and target disk.

Restore to New Location

  • Check the Universal Restore option to ensure a secure boot after recovery.
  • Click Start Restore to launch the system recovery process.
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If you don’t know how to choose between AOMEI Backupper and AOMEI Cyber Backup, check the comparison table on page Windows Server Backup.


That’s all for how to migrate Windows Server 2008 to new hardware. As you can see, AOMEI Backupper Server and AOMEI Cyber Backup can help you achieve the goal without effort. The whole process is very simple. By the way, they provide various functions to help you backup your Server on the new hardware.

To protect unlimited PCs and servers within your company, you may choose AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus. You can use it to provide billable technical support to your clients. You can also copy installation directory to create portable AOMEI Backupper. Go for it now and discover more!

Delia · Editor
Delia owns extensive experience in writing technology-related blog posts, and has been a part of AOMEI since 2020 to provide expertise in data security and disaster recovery. She works with Windows operating systems, SQL databases, and virtualization platforms such as VMware and Hyper-V, specializing in troubleshooting and advising on data protection and migration.