One of the services we offer to our clients is the rotation of their backup drives along with a quarterly test restore of the full server to Hyper-V or one of our lab servers.
When restoring to Hyper-V, one of the things to watch out for on that first boot post recovery are runaway processes. In most cases those processes will be the server manufacturer’s management software searching for the server hardware.
The above screenshot is the Services.msc console showing the HP services that we needed to set to Manual before rebooting the now recovered SBS 2008 VM.
When the server comes back up after the reboot, the services running on the server will behave as expected . . . hopefully! :)
Depending on the complexity of the SBS 2008 setup, a full restore to production levels should not take more than 4 hours with 2 virtual CPUs, 6GB RAM, and the appropriate storage volume(s) applied.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book