need advice: moving SBS 2000 to newer box Please help.

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Mike, Feb 22, 2005.

  1. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Hey All, has anyone attempted to transfer SBS 2000 to a newer faster box?
    Both boxes have intel processors, different brand mobo's. Is it possible?
    What about Ghosting an image and loading it in new box? I'm just looking at
    all angles before I make the switch. I also thought about Installing and
    then restoring backup data and system state. Not sure how to do that though.
    My current setup is broken up into 3 partitions: OS, Exchange, Data. Any
    help or decision making would be most appeciated.

    Mike, Feb 22, 2005
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  2. Mike, there are various ways to get you transfered to a new piece of
    hardware. Once solution/process that you may want to consider is called "SBS
    Migration". It was developed by Jeff Middleton, and although it's not free,
    it is well worth investigating. Microsoft, in fact, had Jeff make
    presentations to user groups in Canada and Australia on his method.

    There have been recent posts from people who have used it and reported
    complete success. Sorry if this response sounds more like an infomercial
    than a NG response, but anything that will successfully help you move your
    server and keep the business up and running, needs to be "plugged".

    Check it out at
    Kevin Weilbacher, Feb 22, 2005
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  3. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Thanks for the reply Kevin. I will look into this. Do you know if making a
    ghost image and restoring it to the new box is successful? Reason being is
    that I already have ghost, and was wanting to know if that will work.


    Mike, Feb 22, 2005
  4. you better have all the new hardware drivers required for the new box prior
    to doing the ghosting...

    And a couple of good backups

    Cris Hanna [SBS - MVP]
    Please reply only to the newsgroup and not to me directly so that everyone
    can benefit from the information
    Cris Hanna [SBS-MVP], Feb 22, 2005
  5. Hi Mike, as you will be ghosting your existing install and throwing the
    created copy in the new system it seems you have very little to lose by
    trying hey!

    You might want to look at the lovely M&M's notes at

    Win2003 is slightly more forgiving of such changes than Win2000 but there is
    a reasonable expectation of success.

    Image your existing system as a fallback point.
    If you are currently using a custom HAL try changing to the standard HAL
    before proceeding. You might even start an install of SBS onto the new box
    to see which HAL it loads, you'll overwrite this install and do not need to
    complete any but the OS portion of setup to inspect this.
    The HDD subsystem needs to be recognised in the new system. What difference
    is there going to be (current HDD subsystem and future please).
    Using the Loopback adapters as holders for your IPconfig and uninstalling
    your NICs can save a LOT of pain.

    Once the install is moved and you have RESTARTED IN DSRM A FEW TIMES TO BE
    SURE this little command will be useful

    -----from a command line------
    set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1
    start devmgmt.msc
    --------end command line------

    this will bring up device manager in a special mode, then View/Show hidden
    devices. This will allow you to identify device from your old installation
    which are no longer required. Careful though, some non-present devices are
    natural and should not be removed.

    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Feb 22, 2005
  6. OHH, and though I consider a 'Swing Migration' unnecessary in this case it
    can, depending on what complications you hit, be a worthwhile excercise and

    It appears to me that you are in a perfect scenario. You are familiar with
    imaging, have seperate new hardware, have asked for advice before leaping
    in. Give it a bash, if it don't work a Swing WILL.

    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Feb 22, 2005
  7. Mike

    Mike Guest

    Thanks for the tip. I appreciate it. I'll go for it and see what happens.

    Mike, Feb 23, 2005
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