Creating a Base Image of OS

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Subject: Creating a Base Image of OS
Posted by:  Tom Frost (TomFro…
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2006

I've just set up a win2003 enterprise server in our lab for testing for the

Being a DBA myself with limited experience in working & managing the OS, I'd
like to know how to create an image of the just installed OS so I can revert
back to it after evaluating different types of database software. There are
no backup mechanisms within the lab.

Is there anything built into the OS that will generate this so I can move an
image or backup off to a drive on another server & be sure I can come
completly back as per the original configuration?

It's using NTFS file systems..

If not, any recommendations for cheap server image copy solutions?