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By adrian.payne ·
I am looking for information on the best way to clone from one NT server to another. The problem is that the hardware is not same. I want the new server to appear exactly the same as the old one with all the same services etc. I have seen an articleon this somewhere but I cannot find it now. The server is NT4.0 and the backup software is Arcserve 6. I am looking for most painless way. Does anybody have any idea's?

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by erikdr In reply to Cloning NT Server to Serv ...

The article you found might have referred to W2K Server RIS, which indeed is capable of generating kind of setup wizard from an existing machine.
For NT, there is no MS tool for this so you'd have to look for 3rd party.

From the point of view ofthe more well-known tools like DriveImage, indeed it won't be easy. (Forget about a tape tool like ARCServe - it really can only restore, file-by-file or crash mode, to the same or very similar machine.)
Restoring an image of machine A to machine Bwill require that at least the disk drive type (e.g. IDE) and HAL (e.g. motherboard series) are the same. Then, other differences like disk size, LAN card and video can be 'overcome' by getting a lot of errors at first bootup and step by step changing these having a CD or CD image accessible.

Hope this helps,

<Erik> / The Netherlands

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by DVN In reply to Cloning NT Server to Serv ...

The procedure as follows:
Install NT and Arcserve on a new box with the same SP that you have on original machine. Restore a tape than reboot it. Boot of NT cd or 3 floppy disks and make sure you load the SCSI controller driver. Setup procces should find a previous installation (you have to select a new installation, not repair) and give you a choice to do an upgrade. If you don't get this option you didn't load correct driver for your SCSI card. After upgrade you should be able boot you machine, do SP and so on. You will have the same Computer Name, SID, shares and services as the original computer.
Dmitri

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by mwb In reply to Cloning NT Server to Serv ...

Take a look at Server Magic by powerquest. You will still have to "overcome" a few things but hopefully it won't be any worse than what happens when you upgrade server hardware. Remember that NTDetect will do some of the work for you at boot-up but you could have problems if you are using a special HAL. You could even prepare the server by uninstalling certain things (but I'd rather have a way out if something went wrong. But you could use server magic to image it before hand. Hmm, I wonder what would happen going from dual processor to single?

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by tkitchen In reply to Cloning NT Server to Serv ...

If you intend to perform this task repeatedly, Norton Ghost is your best bet. It makes a perfect image of an existing NT configuration, direct to a new hard drive, or via. your network using NDIS drivers.

Norton Ghost includes a change SID utility, in case you want to clone a server, change it's name, and keep the old server on-line.

This solution works well, assuming that the old and new systems have the same number of processors, and that the boot drive on the new system has a similar hard drive configuration. [IDE or SCSI]If not, you will need to boot using the 3 NT Boot disks, and select repair your configuration.

NT's default drivers are flexable. I've found that minor changes to drivers such as network, video, and modem are needed, but it is far faster than installing the server using conventional methods.

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