Microsoft has released guidance on how to perform a bare metal or iron level recovery of W2008 using System Center Data Protection Manager Service Pack 1.
“This technical article outlines the steps of using DPM 2007 SP1 alongside the Windows Server Backup (WSB) utility to provide a supported bare metal recovery of Windows Server 2008.
System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 is a key member of the Microsoft System Center family of management products designed to help IT professionals manage their Windows Server environments. DPM is the new standard for Windows Server backup and recovery – delivering continuous data protection for Microsoft applications, virtualization, file servers, and desktops using seamlessly integrated disk and tape media, as well as cloud repositories. DPM enables better backups with rapid and reliable recoveries for both the IT professional and the end-user. DPM helps significantly reduce the costs and complexities associated with data protection through advanced technology for enterprises of all sizes. Using complimentary technologies in addition to DPM’s actual software, DPM 2007 SP1 can perform a bare metal recovery (BMR) to restore an entire server without an operating system”.