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Rebuild Small Business 5.0

By Stilton13 ·
Client has a single Small Business 5.0 Server which was poorly built, has never been patched and is exhibiting strange problems all over the place. There is also intermittent hardware failure on one of mirrored 9Gb hard disks so using opportunity to replace with a couple of 36Gb as mirrored pair.

Ideally, I'd like to rebuild server from scratch and client is OK with this but window of opportunity to down server is small.

We're considering building the server offsite with the new 36Gb disks installed in a spare box then swapping drives into production box on site.

Offsite build will have same server name, IP address, etc as production server. NDS is pretty simple for this organisation so planning to create new, not restore. DNS and DHCP also to be installed in advance. Once on site, will swap disks into production box and then restore User data and GroupWise mail from Backup Exec.

Will this work?

Possible issues with:
Server ID / Serial No. / Internal Network No.?
GroupWise MTA / POA?
Trustee rights?
Introducing pre-built disks to new hardware?

As far as the hardware is concerned, I figure that replacing the .HAM & .LAN files is easy enough and am hoping that Netware is more forgiving of a different system board than Windows is.

And changing the internal network number is ok but what about the server id / serial number? Do they matter?

Again, can it work?

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by pgm554 In reply to Rebuild Small Business 5. ...

Use the Novell server consolidation tool .It?s free and it works. (NWSC1.EXE)

Otherwise, Server Magic or Portlock.(preferred, but $ )

With these utilities(Server Magic or Portlock),you load it on the server you want to clone, use a boot disk on the box you want to move it to, and do an image copy to the new box.

It will be a exact copy of the old box (you can resize the volumes and partitions on the fly too!) on the new box.

From there you can patch and test before bringing it into production.

I have used them and if you are doing Novell,they are a great tool to have.

Good Luck

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