How To Migrate SBS 2K To SBS 2K On New Hardware?

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Eric, Jan 21, 2005.

  1. Eric

    Eric Guest

    Our company is growing and our old server is about to bite the dust so we
    want to put our SBS 2k on a new Dell 4600 server. I've got the new one
    ready to go. SBS 2k works great for us so we blew the budget on the new
    hardware instead of buying the latest software version. Can I just restore
    a backup of the old server to it? I've heard that can be very messy. How
    can I do this without changing the server name, domain name, etc. After
    research, this appears to be a nightmare. Can anyone point me to a
    whitepaper? I can only locate info migrating to new versions, not the same
    versions. I don't want to have to touch 35 workstations.

    Eric, Jan 21, 2005
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  2. Cris Hanna [SBS-MVP], Jan 21, 2005
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  3. check out
    this is one method designed by Jeff Middleton that many SBS MVP's and others
    are beginning to use to migrate either from one hardware box to another, or
    from SBS2000 to SBS2003.
    Kevin Weilbacher, Jan 21, 2005
  4. I'm aware of four ways to get a system off one server on onto another with
    the identity of the original server and domain pretty much unchanged.

    1. Hard Core - Image the system over without prep, run Setup repair on the
    new hardware.
    2. Thoughtful - Prepare the drivers for a drive image progression using a
    PCI card and drive to transition over to the new box, and image to the final
    hardware there. This requires imaging 2 times.
    3. Restore from backup - you can do a baseline install on the target server
    of Windows, then do a DSRM restore on top, fix the NIC settings, etc. That's
    what Mariette's site discusses.
    4. Swing Migration. That's my site, and Swing will work for that scenario,
    even though I haven't put a lot of effort to present it on the site. I do
    have notes to use specific to the Swing process.

    I will be adding details about the other three methods to my website in the
    next month. I've posted item 2 just recently in the past week or two.
    Jeff Middleton [SBS-MVP], Jan 21, 2005
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