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Easy migration with Ghost??????

Posted on 2004-11-10
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Can anyone help me out here?  I am getting ready to implement a new server.  I need this server to basically be the same as my current server except that its on brand new hardware.  I am running IIS and numerous things that I don't want to have to reconfigure.  I have a copy of Norton Ghost 2003.  Can I make a ghost image of this server and transfer it?  I know the hardware is different (IBM xSeries 340 to 235), however I'm going to turn around and upgrade to W2K3 so I'm not horribly worried about drivers, they should get fixed with the OS upgrade.  I just really want to move all my configurations to the new box.  Can anyone offer any words of wisdom on this?  Thanks!!!
Question by:NARoberts
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KaliKoder earned 440 total points
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Hello NARoberts,

Yes you can use Ghost to image your current server and dump it on your new server. However, as you said that the New server had a totally different hardware, hence the image that you would create and dump on the new server might not work, it might blue screen the machine. Its worth a try though!

What you really need to do, is use the Sysprep tool on your current server to create an image. Here is why and how to:

There is only one catch in using Sysprep on your current server, once you use Sysprep, it strips it off all the hardware specific details, such as Network card, video, etc etc.. when you would reboot your current server and when it comes up, it would go through a "hardware discovery" process and reinstall hardware specific things such as Video, Network etc etc.. Now there are some settings one might be worried about, such as a permanent IP for your NIC, domain joining,  (cuz I see you are using IIS and might be needing one), you would need to set these again. Thats the only one worry.. your installed programs, services etc should remain as it is, its just the hardware specific things that might need some attention.

If you are worried about downtime, or not wanting to reconfigure your NIC etc. then you should follow the follow the workaround procedure (yes even this would take atleast 2 reboots and some downtime :( ) :

- Ghost your current hard drive of your working server without running a sysprep to a network location
- Disjoing your server from the domain (if its on the domain) Reboot, run Sysprep on your current working server, shutdown the machine
- Restart the machine with Ghost Boot floppy and ghost this hard drive image to a network share
- Noe reghost your current server with the NON SYSPREPED image you had created in step 1. After you reboot, your current server should be back to the point where you started, you should not see any change at all!
- Now, go to your new server, and dump the syspreped image on it. Reboot the new server
- When you reboot the new server, it would go through a hardware discovery process and would ask you a couple of questions about joining the domain, the admin password maybe etc. You would also need to configure the NIC with the right IP if needed. Once done your new server should be ready. (Make sure you give your new server a new ip and a new name while your old server is still running, giving it the same ip and same name would create a conflict on the network)
- That should be it..

Thanks and Good Luck!

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KaliKoder,  Thanks for the suggestions!  You've done this before I take it. Have you ever used the Microsoft FSMigrate tool?  Would it be cleaner?  What about veritas and a backup? What about removing the server from the domain? Does sysprep do that or should I do it manually?  I'm just researching my options.  I have to do this Saturday!!! I was going to hand reconfigure everything but decided that would be quite a bit of work!!   Thanks for the help!!!!
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Hello NARoberts,

- Yes I have done it before :o)
- The MS FS Migration tool, I have never used it, but its mainly used for File and Print Server migration, Is this server a File and Print Server also ? I thought its only a web server. If it is a File Server, you would need to check on permissions for the share on the new server, you might also have to redo the shares on the new server. What I recommend, is to Ghost the way I mentioned, and then run the FS Migration tool. More information available at: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/upgrading/nt4/tooldocs/msfsc.mspx
- Yes Veritas Backup can also do it, however, in that case you would need to build the new server first, with just the base OS, and then restore data on top of it from Tapes. You would need to check Veritas site on how to do this, if you cant find it let me know of your Veritas backup software (BackupExec 8, 9 , Netbackup ? etc) and I can point you to it.
- Sysprep instructions recommend that you remove the server from domain first, before you sysprep. However if you dont, sysprep would do it anyways for you.

Good Luck!

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Thanks for the help!  Yes, this is a file/print/IIS/AD server!!  I only had 3 to work with!  Thanks for all your suggestions, I think I have what I need now.  I just wanted to verify stuff before I started!!!!!

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