HD Imaging? Ghost?

We are thinking of moving our Exchange 2000 server from it's current out-dated hardware (running w2k server)  to new hardware...probably running windows 2003  (just as a member server...we will be keeping, at least for now. our windows 2000 AD domains, rather that going to Windows 2003)

Never used or looked at imaging software?  Can I use it to just move our entire exchange server, including the OS to the new box?  What's the best software to use?  How do I do it?  What are the gotchas?

Once I have gotten it onto the new box, can I then just run an upgrade install of windows 2003 server to get the new box back to that OS?

Anything else I'm missing in thinking about this?
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Debsyl99Commented:
Hi
First snag is you can't run exchange on windows 2003 server
Introduction to Exchange 2003's compatibility with Windows 200x.
http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/exchange2003/exchange_2003_compatibility.htm

You'll either need to migrate to exchange 2003 on windows 2003 or just move to new hardware. I awlays found the move server method to be the least painful,
Exchange 2000 > Exchange 2000 Move Server Method
http://www.swinc.com/resources/exchange/faq_db.asp?status=questions&faqID=1001&faqname=Exchange%202000§ionID=1024§ionName=Exchange%202000%20Move%20Server%20Method

Deb :))

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Debsyl99Commented:
I meant you can't run exchange 2000 on 2003 server - doh
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Debsyl99Commented:
Another useful link too just in case:
Step-by-Step: Migrating Exchange 2000 to Exchange 2003 Using New Hardware
http://www.msexchange.org/tutorials/Migrating-Exchange2000-Exchange-2003-Hardware.html
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JConchieAuthor Commented:
Cost considerations.....I buy an upgrade version of exchange 2003, do I have to also buy new 2003 CALS or can I use my exchange 2000 CALs with the exchange 2003 server?
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Rob StoneCommented:
If your planning on using Ghost then you will need to prep the machine up too otherwise you'll get the bsod on the new hardware.

You can use sysprep for this, or try just changing the drivers and hoping that works.  The drivers that generally cause problems are the storage device drivers. If you using scsi then it might be more tricky as I've only moved an imaged between ide machines.

Whatever you do, do a full backup first (I know you will anyway).

Also check to see what imaging software supports scsi. I'm pretty sure ghost does now, but it didn't once upon a time.

If you want any more info on sysprep, I'll dig out an old thread.  Also, i'm presuming AD isn't installed on this server from your 1st post.
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Debsyl99Commented:
Hi
Cost considerations - yes you do have to upgrade your cals to 2003 for both exchange and the windows 2003 server - unless you purchased software assurance.
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Debsyl99Commented:
Also I never had any luck cloning a server with ghost.

Cloning a Windows NT or Windows 2000/2003 Server
http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/ghost.nsf/docid/1999012108164025?Open&src=&docid=2000033111503625&nsf=ghost.nsf&view=docid&dtype=&prod=&ver=&osv=&osv_lvl=

Deb :))
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Rob StoneCommented:
Cheers
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