cloning an NT

March 18, 2011 at 14:43:24
Specs: Windows 7
we have machines that need windows nt to work properly. what do we need to do to make sure if that if the old winNT computers die, we'd have something up and running in least amount of down time? we're thinking to have a twin/clones for the old computers in case stuff happens.

some questions:
(1) can i get 2011 hardwares to run the windows nt clones?
(2) what software to use? (we're thinking ghost, but what version then?)

my first thoughts were that this is gonna be really tough unless we get computers that have EXACTLY the same specs as the old ones. but maybe there are better solutions?

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March 18, 2011 at 15:01:00
You are going to have a great deal of trouble finding even remotely modern hardware that is compatible with NT4.

Time to retire the aging hardware and migrate to a modern OS. Do it now before the hardware dies.

If for some reason you really must use NT4 run it on a virtual machine.

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March 18, 2011 at 15:26:34
If you really must run NT and you can't do new installations on a VM then I'd advise you to try and find identical machines on eBay or elsewhere as spares. There is no way that you can take an image of an NT setup and expect it to work when restored on different hardware. And those machines must be old. Time to start disaster planning now.

I've been in that situation myself, but that was six years ago.

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March 18, 2011 at 15:29:27
I concur NT4 SP6a was pensioned off 5+ years ago, and even then it was getting nigh impossible to find drivers.

You need to migrate to at least Server 2008 / Windows 7

If you have to go down the NT4 route DO NOT use Symantec Norton Ghost, look at products from Acronis who have been around many years, they state XP onwards, but the Acronis True Image's Bootable CD will allow Disk Copying whatever the file system FAT16/FAT32/NTFS, and being Linux based it is more reliable than the older PC-DOS based Ghost.

VMWare support NT4 as a Guest O/S

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March 18, 2011 at 15:59:24
okay, so a virtual NT looks like plan A now, should i start a new thread on how to do that? "How to run a virtual NT from the clone of an old computer?"

thanks all!

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March 18, 2011 at 16:05:39
Follow the link to VMWARE I posted, oodles of information and FAQ's on their website.........

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March 19, 2011 at 16:24:15
I think the Intel 845 chipset was the last to support NT 4.0.

These boards were Pentium 4 all the way up to 3.06GHz, so why not find one and install NT on it. It runs quickly and would support 4GB RAM if needed.

The Dell OptiPlex GX260 was a very popular model and those support Windows NT 4.0. Even if you couldn't find the drivers on Dell's website you can get them off Intel's.

There's 198 GX260's available on eBay right now, and any model older than that would certainly support it.

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