Clone Windows 2000 Server to Windows 2008 Ser

Microsoft Windows server 2000 w/ sp2
December 27, 2010 at 16:39:09
Specs: Windows 2008 Server, Intel i7/8GB Ram
I have just inherited support for a non-profit K-8 school. They have 2 dated servers running Windows 2000 Server. Both are at capacity with less than 100MB of storage remaining. I want to build 2 new servers and move everything to Windows 2008 Server. In order to create the server(s) I need to establish a domain name. I know Windows networks can be funny when moving a new server onto a domain with the same name. Can I clone the drive contents of the old drives, then decommission the server and add the new one as the original domain name?

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#1
January 3, 2011 at 18:09:24
No you can't do that.

First issue is odds are the new hardware won't support the old drives. Those are ide and my 2008 hardware did not come with ide support.

Second issue is AD isn't dos. You can't preserve the user accounts only the data which for K8 is nothing except for the teachers/administrators.

Only way to preserve the user accounts would be to do a upgrade.

Here is a good start:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...

Before you can consider this you need to free up disk space and lots of it. 100mb free means the servers are about to die and will not get up. Servers simply can't operate with that little headspace. I am surprised there hasn't been a catastrophic failure considering the age and lack of disk space.

Might want to consider bringing up the new servers on a standalone network, configure everything and have it working. Then backup/restore the user data. Then drop the 2000 servers and replace them with the 2008 servers. All that is left then is to join all the pc to the new domain/forest.

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January 4, 2011 at 07:52:42
Thanks for the advice. I have cleaned out all of the log and temp files, and moved everything that I could to the secondary HDD. I've got about 80MB of space now, and plan on standing up the new servers later in the week.

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January 4, 2011 at 08:58:34
Good luck!

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