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Moving Win2k Server to new hardware

By Don Keller ·
I have a Windows 2000 Server installation running on an IBM Netfinity server. I have everything setup EXACTLY the way I want, however, I am now faced with the task of moving it to a new, more advanced, IBM Netfinity server. I don't want to have toset anything up again on the new machine--I would like to simply move everything as-is to the new server. The process should hopefully be seamless to the clients that connect to the server since the new box will take on the same name, IP addresses,services, etc., as the old box.

The question is...how do I go about performing this task? I'm having a hard time finding anything about migrating to new hardware...everything I read simply discusses the process of migrating from one OS to a new OS.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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by quahsays In reply to Moving Win2k Server to ne ...

try Norton Ghost 6.5, if you need a new SID, then additional use of ghostwalk to generate the SID (applicable in NT4 but not sure in W2k).
NG 6.5 supposed to work for Win9x, Win NT, Win 2k.

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by Don Keller In reply to Moving Win2k Server to ne ...

The drive on the old machine is 18GB
and I have about 15GB used. Won't the image that Ghost creates require about 15GB of space?

Can I backup the entire Win2k installation to tape and restore on the new machine? I assume I would have to first install Win2k on the new machine then use restore to overwrite everyting?

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by McKayTech In reply to Moving Win2k Server to ne ...

You can do a tape backup and restore to different hardware. Microsoft has an article on Technet (Q249964) that describes the procedures and the "gotchas" in regards to the Hardware Abstraction Layer. Also within that article are several other useful links to information you might need. If you want even more information, search Technet using the term "disaster recovery" and you'll find a bunch more.

I'm a big fan of using Ghost or Imagecast on workstations but don't have the same enthusiasm for using it on servers. I don't have any tragic tales to tell, but it just seems to be a troubled process when used for servers.

One of the cool things about the backup/restore process is that the old server remains intact until you're sure the new server is going find it's legs and run. Worst case scenario, when things go south, you just plug the old server back in and give yourself time to think about what didn't go right.

regards!

paul

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