How to automate operating system image restoration?

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http://serverfault.com – Consider a "lab" which consists of numerous Windows Server 2008 R2 servers running anything from web servers to a database. The lab may be used for performance testing. In order to have comparable results, one may need to restore the environment to a pristine condition before deploying the software to the lab and performing the tests. When this is done manually, it can be error prone and rather laborious. So ideally it can be automated as part of the bigger process to reimage the lab, install the software and run performance tests. Some vendors like Acronis, claim to have an API that allows o (HowTos)