This post cover the basics of performing a bare metal restore on Small Business Server 2008. As you’ll see, a bare metal restore allows you to recover your Operating System, installed applications and data without first having to install an OS or backup software. Small Business Server Backup Wizard will create backups that’re bare metal capable. It’s important to remember to backup all volumes if you want the ability to restore the server to the exact state it was in at the time of the backup. You cannot restore data that was never backed up. Some Advantages of Bare Metal Restore: Fast and easy recovery; Minimal downtime; Does not require installation of an OS or backup software; In most cases you can restore to dissimilar hardware.