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Does P2V support 2008 R2 to 2008 R2 VM running on 20012 R2 Hyper-V host?

I'm getting mixed information from the forum and knowledge base. 


I successfully installed Physical Backup Server on a physical 2008 R2 server. It backed up successfully without issue. 


I then tried to restore it to a VM on a Hyper -V host, and it failed with this error:


Restoring from a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine is not supported.  (Error code RestoringFromWin2008R2NotSupported)


Is this scenario possible or not? If so, how?

Thanks!


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Hey Jim, you can backup and restore a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine - yes but not back to a 2008 R2 host as specified here:  https://help.altaro.com/support/solutions/articles/43000541895 


Is the 2008 R2 installation a BIOS or a UEFI build? If you are restoring to a 2012 R2 Host and you're having issues, you can contact our support team directly for help.


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Hey Jim, you can backup and restore a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine - yes but not back to a 2008 R2 host as specified here:  https://help.altaro.com/support/solutions/articles/43000541895 


Is the 2008 R2 installation a BIOS or a UEFI build? If you are restoring to a 2012 R2 Host and you're having issues, you can contact our support team directly for help.

To clarify, the error is specifically about restoring FROM a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine:


Restoring from a Windows Server 2008 R2 machine is not supported.  (Error code RestoringFromWin2008R2NotSupported)

 

I tried restoring TO the following FROM the WIndows Server 2008 R2 Physical Host that I backed up:

  • I have a 3-node 2012 R2 Hyper-V Failover Cluster writing to a SAN, and the restore fails. 
  • I have a 1-node 2012 R2 Hyper-V Failover Cluster writing to a SAN, and the restore fails.
  • I have a standalone 2012 R2 Hyper-V host writing to local storage, and the restore fails.
  • I have a standalone 2016 Hyper-V host writing to local storage, and the restore fails.


In all cases, I get the error restoring FROM 2008 R2.


I will contact support directly.

I think that the missing piece is that the Restore process cannot be RUN ON a 2008 R2 machine.

 

My interpretation of the workflow was to install the Altaro Physical Backup software ON a 2008 R2 machine, back up that machine to an onsite location, then use that same software ON that same 2008 R2 machine to restore the backup as a VM or VHD TO a 2012 R2 host. This appears to not be the case.

 

To make this work, it appears that I will need to additionally install the Altaro Physical Backup software on a 2012 R2 VM host in addition to the 2008 R2 machine I backed up. And then initiate the Restore ON the 2012 R2 host FROM the onsite backup location 

Yes, to restore onto the 2012 R2 machine, the Altaro Physical Server Backup software be installed there and triggered from there too.

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