Move W2008 server onto different hardware ?

Discussion in 'Server Setup' started by Peter Lawton, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. Peter Lawton

    Peter Lawton Guest

    What's the best way to move a Windows 2008 server onto different hardware,
    specifically a change of disk/RAID controller?

    With 2003 server I've simply drop an image on the new box and if it couldn't
    boot run a repair install from the CD

    With 2008 this doesn't work as there's no repair install and the options to
    fix the startup environment don't seem to cover installing a different HDD
    controller driver.

    How does everyone else do this?

    Thanks

    Peter Lawton
     
    Peter Lawton, Apr 14, 2009
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  2. Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Apr 14, 2009
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  3. Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Apr 14, 2009
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  4. Peter Lawton

    Peter Lawton Guest

    Thanks,

    If I restore a backup onto hardware with a different RAID controller than
    the original hardware will the restore process change the disk drivers so
    that the restored system can boot up? The articles you provided links to
    aren't very clear on that point.

    Thanks

    Peter Lawton
     
    Peter Lawton, Apr 15, 2009
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  5. Hello Peter,

    Different hardware is and was allways a problem with restoring a full backup.
    A system state restore on a fresh install to the same OS version, SP level
    and patch level should be better. And for data itself make sure you have
    also actual backups.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
     
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Apr 15, 2009
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  6. Peter Lawton

    Peter Lawton Guest

    Hello,

    I need to move a server onto different hardware with a different RAID
    controller, with W2003 this was easy just restore a complete backup and if
    it couldn't boot because of a missing RAID driver for the boot device just
    do a repair install off the CD to fix it.

    It seems that this is quite an omission from W2008, in a DR situation it's
    often necessary to restore onto different hardware.

    Peter Lawton
     
    Peter Lawton, Apr 16, 2009
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