Transfering to a new server

Microsoft Windows server 2003
March 12, 2010 at 11:37:39
Specs: Windows Server 2003
Hi all,

Our office's 7 year old server is about to die. What is the easiest way to transfer all our files and programs to a new hard-drive?

Thanks!


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#1
March 12, 2010 at 11:43:09
New server not new hard drive. You replace just the drive you will be right at it again replacing the server hardware.

Backup your data

Build the new server
Install and configure the OS
Install your applications
Restore your data [only]
Setup your users and permissions

There is no easy way.

If you are intent on just hd replacement get Acronis server edition and clone the old drive to a new one.


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#2
March 12, 2010 at 11:51:17
Thanks. I've heard of Acronis before so I'll check it out. We really only need to replace the HD.

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#3
March 12, 2010 at 11:59:31
Programs have to be reinstalled. Files can be copied to an external drive & then to the new HD.

What's more important is users & groups. Are you using Active Directory?

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.


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#4
March 12, 2010 at 12:05:55
"We really only need to replace the HD."

Sorry but you will regret that choice. Short term thinking costs you dearly in the long term.


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#5
March 12, 2010 at 12:06:02
I'm afraid I don't know what Active Directory is. We're a small office and I'm the designated computer specialist; which isn't good because my knowledge of computers only extend to adding RAM to our 5 & 6 year old workstations.

As far as this server goes, we only have 1 program on it that we use daily, it's our client management system. If we use Acronis' Backup & Recovery 10 Server, wouldn't that create a complete image of the HD? Could we then upload that image onto a new HD?


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#6
March 12, 2010 at 12:07:15
"Sorry but you will regret that choice. Short term thinking costs you dearly in the long term."

I agree, which is why we're considering a replacement server from Dell or IBM. However, this all stems from just the HD; which is the only component giving us trouble at this time.


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#7
March 12, 2010 at 12:42:42
Yes create the image and then restore it to the new drive should be all you have to do.

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