Just in case anyone is wondering, bare metal restores from a Windows Home Server 2011 backup to a Windows 7 machine seems to work just fine.
For me at least.
The story goes this way. My youngest kid’s Acer laptop hard drive died recently. He was quite bummed naturally, but I was quite happy that his computer had at least been backed up to my WHS 2011 machine the night before. After a call with the Acer service techs, they opted to send a new HD to replace the dead one.
A half dozen screws later, out came the dead Hitachi drive, in went the Western Digital replacement drive, and back in went the screws. I plugged an Ethernet cable into the computer, threw in the WHS 2011 Restore Disk, watched it boot up, and… no driver for the LAN card. I was really not surprised and I simply pulled out the driver disk for the machine, copied the LAN driver over to a USB drive, stuck it in the laptop, and pointed the restore program to the USB drive.
The LAN driver was loaded; about two hours and ~100 GBs later; the machine had been restored completely to the day before the original HD died.
This was absolutely much easier than
- reloading Windows.
- downloading and reinstalling all the OS updates
- reinstalling all the programs that had been on the computer
- copying back hopefully *all* the data from some other backup program
Dang, it simply does not get any easier than a WHS 2011 Bare Metal Restore!