Create a snapshot of Windows 7 machine

We're running on both Windows 2003 and 2008 server and have multiple Windows 7 machines. Within the Windows world, is there a way to create a snapshot of a particular Windows machine? We basically would like to clone the machine in case the hard drive goes down or there are unseen issues with a particular machine. We are not virtualized by any means, but I'm assuming that there is software within Windows or a 3rd party that should be able to accomplish this...I'm assuming.

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My vote is for acronis...not free ... but worth it
I used it a lot to clone network machines. You have to keep track of versions of images and passwords...unless they have changed
Also there is a free trial...so you can check out the speed of the restore which would be helpful over the network

http://www.acronis.com/en-us/?adpos=1t1&device=c&network=g&matchtype=e&creative=51626372657&gclid=CjwKEAiA2JqkBRDshIOY_9eMghkSJABvNd1Qwu28ZXPyhm3tu4W-bHm_hGNLCMxOTN3rQj_kSsCUYRoC7VTw_wcB
Remember to back up your system image which is easy to do with Windows 7...i always forget to do that with a new machines....nowadays we don't get standalone disk for restoring OS's
Just in case you need the lowdown:http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/restore-computer-from-system-image-backup#1TC=windows-7



There are lots of software out there that can do this task.

e.g. Arconis Trueimage as a commercial software or

clonzilla as a linux based free software.

Be aware that cloning windows machines need extra steps if you use it other than desaster recovery (e.g. setup a 2nd machine, as the machine IDs are also cloned) but you might use sysprep to rectify this.



Take a look at Clonezilla, which comes in two types. One for a single clone and SE for massive deployment.
Sorry Andreas slow typer.



My vote is for acronis...not free ... but worth it
I used it a lot to clone network machines. You have to keep track of versions of images and passwords...unless they have changed
Also there is a free trial...so you can check out the speed of the restore which would be helpful over the network

http://www.acronis.com/en-us/?adpos=1t1&device=c&network=g&matchtype=e&creative=51626372657&gclid=CjwKEAiA2JqkBRDshIOY_9eMghkSJABvNd1Qwu28ZXPyhm3tu4W-bHm_hGNLCMxOTN3rQj_kSsCUYRoC7VTw_wcB
Remember to back up your system image which is easy to do with Windows 7...i always forget to do that with a new machines....nowadays we don't get standalone disk for restoring OS's
Just in case you need the lowdown:http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/restore-computer-from-system-image-backup#1TC=windows-7



Paragon Disk Suite is excellent for this.



You can use the built in backup utility of Windows for that. It creates an image based backup of the complete HD. If you prefer something that is easier to use, then go for the paragon backup utilities, far better than acronis that already was mentioned, and less pricey. For the servers I'd prefer StorageCraft's ShadowProtect, it's the best product on the market, but also more expensive than the Paragon Software, which I'd use if ShadowProtect is too expensive.

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